Formula One drivers told to stop swearing following Abu Dhabi podium

Last Updated: 08/11/12 10:19pm

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Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel: Mind your language warning for F1 duo

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel: Mind your language warning for F1 duo

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Formula 1 drivers have been told to stop swearing after the outbursts from Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in Abu Dhabi.

The pair were interviewed on the podium at the Yas Marina circuit after Raikkonen had won Sunday's race with Vettel finishing third.

Both the 32-year-old Finn and 25-year-old German used very strong expletives as they summed up their feelings, resulting in the FIA reminding the drivers of their responsibilities when it comes to speaking to the media, particularly when taking part in a live broadcast.

A friendly letter from the FIA has been issued to all 12 teams' communications directors regarding the use of bad language, for them in turn to address the issue with their drivers.

The letter states it is "very much our collective responsibility to make sure drivers are aware such language has no place during media events".

It adds that it "shines an unwelcome beam of adverse publicity on their teams and sponsors, the sport and FIA".

Motor sport's governing body says it is mindful of the fact that "in the 'heat of battle', adrenaline, elation and disappointment make for a dangerous and heady mix".

The letter adds: "But F1 drivers are not the only ones being interviewed in such conditions: I think of boxers, rugby and football players who are routinely interviewed live on television after a gruelling sporting effort. They manage to avoid inappropriate language."

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