Final yr, F1 drivers got a platform to show their anti-racism stance with a particular time set aside through the moments on the grid earlier than the beginning.
However the gesture of taking a knee divided opinion amongst drivers, with not all choosing it.
Whereas Lewis Hamilton led the cost, six of the 20 drivers – Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Jr, Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen – didn’t take a knee regardless of supporting the marketing campaign.
The difficulty of whether or not or to not proceed the second was mentioned between drivers and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali at a gathering throughout Bahrain testing and a brand new plan has been agreed.
With F1 wanting to tweak the method to its ‘We Race as One’ messaging this yr, with the long-lasting rainbow having been dropped, it is going to be altering what is completed on the grid.
Whereas a set time will likely be put aside for such a ceremony, F1 needs to make use of that to indicate a united help for a bunch of vital points the place it feels consciousness must be raised – comparable to sustainability, range and inclusion.
From the Bahrain Grand Prix, drivers will once more assemble collectively on the grid, however it is going to be performed collectively as a present of help for ‘We Race as One’.
The drivers will likely be left utterly free to decide on any gesture they need throughout this era, so these wishing to proceed taking the knee can proceed to take action.
System 1 2020 pre-race grid
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
An F1 spokesman mentioned: “The entire of System 1 is united in its help for #WeRaceAsOne and the drivers will all present their very own help for the initiative forward of the grand prix.
“The drivers will likely be free to indicate their dedication in their very own manner earlier than the race and there will likely be no requirement for them to make a selected gesture.
“The vital factor is all of them being collectively in full help of our initiatives on sustainability, range & inclusion and group.”
Hamilton mentioned earlier this yr that he felt that 2021 supplied a possibility for extra motion to be taken to enhance the important thing points at stake – reasonably than the main focus being on particular gestures.
“I don’t assume it’s crucial factor that everybody does take the knee,” he mentioned.
“I feel it’s extra the motion that we take within the background.
“Issues cross and issues die down. It can be crucial that it continues to be a problem that impacts my day after day life and so many individuals on the market.”