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Formula One drivers told to avoid racy language

by Reuters Photos: DPPI Posted on November 9, 2012 15:28 IST 1,474 Views

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonnen have been issued a notice by FIA to be more responsible with the language they use on international stage, after their podium interviews at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2012 Abu Dhabi GP podium



Formula One drivers have been told to mind their language after world champion Sebastian Vettel and race winner Kimi Raikkonen turned the air blue on the podium at last Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A spokesman for the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Thursday that a private and 'friendly' letter had been sent to all teams' communications directors about the bad language.


The letter reminded them that it was "very much our collective responsibility 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."


Raikkonen, whose win for Lotus was the first of his comeback and first by the 2007 world champion since he was at Ferrari in 2009, is well known for his taciturn nature and much of what he says in English can be hard to follow.He was perfectly intelligible on the Abu Dhabi podium, however, when interviewed by former McLaren teammate turned television pundit David Coulthard. "Last time you guys was giving me shit because I didn't really smile enough," declared the Finn in his opening remarks on the live televised feed.


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