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