Motor racing-Let Hamilton speak out, says Bahrain rights group

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By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – The London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) urged Formula One’s governing body on Tuesday to allow seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton and other drivers to speak freely on ‘political’ issues. The governing FIA updated its International Sporting Code last December with a clause requiring prior written permission for drivers to make or display “political, religious and personal statements or comments”. Mercedes’ Hamilton, the sport’s all-time most successful driver, has used his profile and platform to address human rights abuses an…

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