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How the F1 driver expression saga continues to have a Lineker-like problem

OPINION: The high-profile recent Gary Lineker saga at the BBC was ignited in part because impartiality rules were ill-defined. In Formula 1, there remains the potential for a similar storm over driver expression concerning another high-profile issue of the day, which we highlight here.

“It might sound like a broken record. But that's what I'm to keep on doing. It's a fight that I'm going to keep on having.”

Lewis Hamilton there, speaking at Formula 1’s 2023 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was discussing the new clampdown on where exactly the championship’s stars – and those across motorsport’s other divisions – can express their personal feelings on much more important non-racing matters.

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