Formula 1 governing body FIA sent a private and friendly letter had been sent to all teams and communications directors over using offensive language in the media talks and governing body remain its not acceptable.
The letter reminded them that it was “very much our collective responsibilities to make sure drivers are aware such language has no place during media events.” It added that swearing in broadcast interviews “shines an unwelcome beam of adverse publicity on their teams and sponsors, the sport and FIA.”
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and race winner Kimi Raikkonen swore, live on air, while on the podium following last race weekend at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel has admits his mistake that the talking he used on the podium was potential offensive and posted an apology on his personal website.
“I’m terribly sorry for using the wrong word on the podium today and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone who was watching,” said Vettel.
“In the heat of the moment, I didn’t use the right words and I apologise. I’ll do better next time.”
David Coulthard apologized to television viewers afterwards, reminding them that neither driver had been speaking in his mother tongue. The FIA letter said the governing body understood that “in the ‘heat of battle’, adrenaline, elation and disappointment make for a dangerous and heady mix.
“But F1 drivers are not the only ones being interviewed in such conditions: I think of boxers, rugby and football players who are routinely interviewed live on television after a gruelling sporting effort. They manage to avoid inappropriate language.”
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