On the eve of System One’s take a look at in Bahrain, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation (GPDA) organized a photograph alternative on the circuit’s start-finish straight to indicate solidarity with Ukraine amid the nation’s invasion by Russia. 4-time F1 world champion and GPDA director Sebastian Vettel has been a vocal opponent of the Russian invasion and acknowledged that he would boycott the Russian Grand Prix when the race was nonetheless scheduled to happen.
Additionally, Vettel is utilizing a novel “No Warfare” helmet design for the Bahrain take a look at. The design options the identical “No Warfare” emblem used within the GPDA photoshoot, with a blue-yellow Ukrainian flag stripe changing the German flag stripe on his helmet. Although, the collage of flags wrapped across the helmet’s backside edge has sparked some controversy.
Throughout the collage of flags is the flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is a de facto nation controlling the island’s northern third. Turkey is the one different nation on the planet that acknowledges Northern Cyprus because the United Nations Safety Council declared the island republic’s independence invalid. Turkey had invaded the island in 1974 in response to a coup that aimed for Greece to annex Cyprus. Because the invasion, Turkey has maintained a presence on the island’s northern third and at present has over 17,000 troopers stationed within the occupied territory.
The Cyprus Vehicle Affiliation submitted a criticism to the FIA demanding that Sebastian Vettel take away the flag from his helmet or superb Vettel and his workforce Aston Martin. The Aston Martin driver complied and eliminated the flag from his helmet. Vettel was requested by RaceFans in regards to the challenge, “I took the little sticker off as a result of some individuals bought upset, which I believe fails the message – the message is that clearly the entire world ought to be united and is united, I believe, to battle warfare. I believe we grew up in instances of peace and I believe we recognize peace lots.”
Jens Munser Designs, the helmet’s designer, confirmed on social media that the flag collage graphic was a inventory picture acquired for the design and that every flag wasn’t checked.