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F1 Bahrain LGBT Incident

F1 and Bahrain Address LGBT Flag Incident

26/02/2024

Formula 1 and Bahrain’s circuit management respond to a recent incident involving LGBT flag restrictions, emphasizing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Formula 1 and the Bahrain circuit have downplayed an incident that occurred at the end of last week’s pre-season testing.

Team personnel and other members associated with F1 entering the site were informed by security staff that they could not display LGBT rainbow flags on their clothing or bags.

“This was an isolated incident that breached the organizational policies of F1 and Bahrain,” a spokesperson for the sport owned by Liberty Media said.

“The issue was addressed immediately and has been resolved.”

A spokesperson for the Bahrain circuit added: “The host of the Bahrain GP welcomes everyone on its premises and opposes any form of discrimination.”

“This isolated incident is currently under investigation, and appropriate measures will be taken (against the security staff).”

At the same time, Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged that he will be entrusting his personal quest to combat similar social issues – including racial diversity in F1 – to Ferrari next year, after launching Mission 44 with Mercedes.

“Ferrari needs to work hard in this direction,” said the seven-time world champion. “I have already made it a priority in a conversation with Chairman John Elkann, and he is pleased with it.”

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