FIA chief Todt off the pace for For­mula One’s drive against racism

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Af­ter just three races, For­mula One’s anti-racism pos­ture is in chaos. First, the grid was di­vided be­tween 14 driv­ers who took a knee and six who re­fused. Then, the tele­vi­sion cam­eras panned away from the ges­ture to show a paraglider over­head.

Now there is barely a pre­tence of tak­ing ac­tion, with Lewis Hamil­ton ac­cus­ing his sport of “lack­ing lead­er­ship”.

The world cham­pion left lit­tle doubt as to the ob­ject of his frus­tra­tion: Jean Todt, pres­i­dent of the FIA, whose di­rec­tion of his sport is such that on the night this year’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix was called off due to Covid-19, he was tweet­ing a pic­ture of him­self at a din­ner in France.

“We have not made any progress,” Hamil­ton said. “Where is Jean in that sce­nario?”

Todt, sadly, ap­pears to pre­fer plat­i­tudes on racial equal­ity above prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions. When it comes to fol­low­ing through on slo­gans, he is asleep at the wheel.

Keep­ing their dis­tance: Dan­ish au­thor­i­ties en­forced strict seat­ing ar­range­ments when they al­lowed 3,000 sup­port­ers to at­tend the derby be­tween Brondby and FC Copen­hagen

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