Formula 1 and politically correct: the story of an invasion


Rome, 9 Jan – For a few years now we have seen the appearance of the politically correct in Formula 1. It started a few years ago with the exclusion of the “umbrellas” from the starting grid on the track for alleged sexism, to arrive at this last championship in which expression was given to the Black Lives Matter movement, of which Lewis Hamilton became spokesman. Above all the fight against racism, never as in recent years, has affected the highest expression of motor racing. Quickly degenerating into absurd and sterile polemics.

The politically correct to the assault of Formula 1

It all started with the accusations against drivers Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, guilty of not having kneeled during the minute of silence prior to the race. Even today they are labeled as racists around the web even though their position was very clear right away. As well as that of many other drivers such as Daniil Kvjat, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi.

Later it was the turn of the “Mazepin gate”. Nikita Mazepin, a Russian driver who will race in Formula 1 in 2021 with the Haas team, posted a video on his Instagram profile in which he was seen groping a girl, obviously drunk, sitting in the car with him. Over the years Mazepin has certainly never shown us that he is a calm person: there have been cases in which he has beaten colleagues in the pits and done even worse on the track. An apology arrived from both of them with an explanation of what is defined as a friend of the pilot, who hid the problem under the carpet also taking the defense of the Russian. Of course the storm broke out on social media and a petition has even started to exclude Mazepin from the championship.

The hallucinating story of Carlos Sainz (senior)

We now come to the last accused of the politically correct court. To end up on the pillory is Carlos Sainz, Spanish rally champion currently engaged in the Dakar and father of the future Ferrari driver of the same name in the upcoming Formula 1 season.

Sainz senior, owner of the Spanish kart school Carlos Sainz Karting, published on their social profiles a Christmas video with the representation of the Magi in pilots version. As per tradition, one of these three was represented by a white boy made up to look African. A practice known overseas as “Blackface”, now censored so as not to offend the sensitivity of African American communities.

Open up heaven. A shower of criticism has invested the post, which was promptly eliminated with a lot of mea culpa by the protagonists. Of course, none of this served the bloodthirsty public. And so the karting school and even Saiz junior ended in the chaos. In short, it is enough to be a “son of” to bring with you the (alleged) sins of the fathers. So at least Twitter users seem to have decided, who crucified an entire family to the cry of racism. A word now so used and abused that it seems empty, without context, but above all, without roots. Especially in the world of politically correct Formula 1.

Mattia Isolini

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