Rainbow Flag Controversy Surfaces During F1 Bahrain Pre-Season Testing

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During the recent pre-season Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, there was a minor situation reported by Bild newspaper concerning the display of LGBT-related ‘rainbow flag’ emblems.

According to the report, individuals affiliated with F1 teams were advised by security at the circuit not to exhibit these symbols on their apparel or accessories. The incident was considered relatively insignificant by both the Formula 1 organization and the Bahrain race track authorities.

“This was an isolated incident which breached F1 and Bahrain organisational policies,” a spokesman for the Liberty Media-owned sport said. “It was addressed immediately and has been resolved.”

A spokesman for the Bahrain track added: “The host of the Bahrain GP welcomes everyone to its premises and is against any form of discrimination.

“This isolated incident is currently under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”

At the same time, Lewis Hamilton admitted he will be taking his personal quest for similar social issues – including racial diversity in F1 – to Ferrari next year.

“Ferrari need to work hard in this direction,” the seven time world champion is quoted by TSN. “I have already made this a priority in a conversation with president John Elkann and he is happy about it.”

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