Fittipaldi: Allow F1 drivers to say what they feel

Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi believes that drivers should be allowed more freedom to express themselves off the track.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Fittipaldi maintains that currently, drivers are forced to do and say as the team and sponsors dictate and not what they truly feel. He likened them to robots. 

"In the United States, everyone talks about 'freedom of speech'," he said.

"If you drive for Ferrari, for example, before the press conference you will be told 'you cannot say this' or 'you should not say that'. That's shit!

"Am I a robot? Or am I a personality? That's what is missing."

The Brazilian, who won 14 races in his Formula 1 career along with two World titles in 1972 and 1974, thinks that a change has to be made to allow the drivers to express themselves more.

This change he insists, needs to come from both Formula 1 teams and their sponsors. 

"Formula 1, the PR guys, they should allow drivers to say more," he said. 

"In my time, I had a 20-year commercial relationship with Philip Morris, and I knew exactly what to say, but I could say anything. It still allowed my personality to come though. I had freedom of speech, and that means everything."

The drivers he believes are not to blame for the current situation as their personalities are repressed. 

"Rosberg should be allowed to say 'oh man, Mercedes ruined my race today with their decisions, these damn guys!' They should be allowed to say anything.

"Instead they sit up, and when asked 'how was the race?' and they just say 'Good'.

"Ugh! They need a personality. The system is wrong, it's not themselves that is wrong. It's not their fault.

"This is sport, and the atmosphere of sport should never be damaged by what the athletes are allowed to say."

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