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Hulkenberg gives verdict on new F1 political gesture clampdown

F1 returnee Nico Hulkenberg has given his thoughts on the recent ban on making 'political' statements without approval from the FIA.

Nico Hulkenberg has offered his viewpoint on the recent clampdown by the FIA on drivers making 'political' gestures without prior approval. The ban was introduced as part of an updated version of the FIA International Sporting Code . This states that "political, religious and personal statements" done by drivers "without prior consent" would be in breach of the code. McLaren CEO Zak Brown has defended the FIA's attempts to "find the right balance" with personal messaging from drivers. From a drivers' point of view, Hulkenberg believes it "won't affect or impact that much" for him. "It will affect others more," Hulkenberg told German outlet RTL . "I think it's a personal story. Everyone has a personal take on that."

Hulkenberg 'never been one to use' platform for politics

Hulkenberg returns to F1 with Haas after a three-year absence, replacing fellow compatriot Mick Schumacher. The German says that he has never been one to use his platform for political messaging, but acknowledges that it could be a 'delicate' subject for other drivers that are outspoken about issues. "It's a delicate, difficult subject," Hulkenberg explained. "We are athletes, we come to a country, a region, to do our work to pursue what we love. "I've never been one to use this platform for political messaging."

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