Formula 1 drivers will be able to "express themselves freely" in Qatar

This was confirmed by the Qatari motor sport federation.

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The landing of the F1 en Qatar To contest a Grand Prix has caused some controversy due to the treatment received by people and, fundamentally, those from Asia who work for the large events that are organized in the small emirate. 

With pilots like Lewis Hamilton, very committed to social causes, there was fear about how his opinions would be taken. However, from the Qatari motor sport federation they assured that they will be able to "speak freely".

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
Photo: Jiri Krenek.

“We have no problem with that in Qatar as they are free to say what they want. They will be able to express themselves freely on their platforms ", he claimed Abdelrahman al-Mannai, President of the Qatar Motor Racing and Motorcycling Federation.

Qatar is frequently condemned by international NGOs for the treatment of hundreds of thousands of workers mainly from Asia for major works in the Soccer World Cup, which it will organize in November and December 2022.

In March, the small emirate was the object of protests by players from various soccer teams - Norway, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands - in the framework of qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.

In the face of criticism, Qatar introduced several reforms of its labor law, such as the abolition of an “exit visa” for domestic employees, the introduction of a minimum wage (1,12 euros per hour) or the abolition of the “no objection” certificate from employers for workers who wish to change jobs .

“Qatar has been open for some time (…) to criticism. In recent years, Qatar has worked to improve the situation of workers ”, Abdelrahman al-Mannai insisted. “We have made considerable progress. Of course, the system is not yet perfect ”, he continued.

The Qatar Grand Prix, scheduled for November 21, replaces the Australian Grand Prix, canceled due to the pandemic and health restrictions. Qatar promised to host F.1 for the next ten years at the Losail circuit.

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