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Qatar happy for F1 drivers to speak on social issues

Formula 1 drivers will be free to 'speak their minds' on controversial issues such as human rights when Qatar hosts its first Grand Prix next month, its motorsports chief said. The Gulf Arab country has been the target of protests by several national football teams over its treatment of foreign workers, as part of a wave of social activism by athletes. But Qatar, which will host the World Cup exactly one year from its inaugural Grand Prix race on November 21, will not stop F1 drivers from speaking out, its motorsports chief said. 'We are happy to support the drivers to speak their minds on their platforms,' Abdulrahman Al Mannai, president of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation, told...
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