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Hamilton ordered to remove video

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18/04/2017

As is so often the case, when you 'give them an inch, they take a mile'.

Ahead of the opening pre-season test, the sport's new owners relaxed many of the rules so strictly enforced under the old regime.

Chief among these was allowing teams and drivers to post short video clips on their social media pages.

While there was still concern that such footage might compromise the exclusive rights of broadcasters who have paid for the privilege, FOM gave the thumbs up as expanding the sport's social media presence its part of its masterplan.

However, as is so often the case, despite the general easing of rule enforcement some began to take advantage, hence the icy wind that blew through the Bahrain paddock when former headmaster Bernie Ecclestone visited at the weekend.

Having posted on-board footage of his pole-winning lap in Shanghai last week, Lewis Hamilton was ordered by FOM to remove it, the Briton warned that it breached the guidelines. Hamilton duly deleted the footage.

"This season, Formula One has issued a new set of social media guidelines allowing teams and drivers to film and record their activities so as to bring the sport closer to the fans," said a spokesperson for Liberty Media. "All teams and drivers have embraced this approach with enthusiasm, resulting in a surge of interest in F1 across social media.

"However, F1 does not want drivers posting international feed footage as this has been licensed to broadcasters' partners, in many cases exclusively."

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1. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 18/04/2017 17:09

"Hamilton? Reasonable? Follow the rules? That gave me a chuckle...
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2. Posted by edllorca, 18/04/2017 15:37

"Well here would be Libertys first faux pas. The stranglehold on every nanosecond of video current or past is so damaging to the fanbase. There is a difference between leave them wanting more and starving them to death. this action is a case of the latter."

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3. Posted by airman1, 18/04/2017 13:48

"FOM F1 website will not even show the time difference between the drivers if you do not pay...really? "

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4. Posted by Ro, 18/04/2017 10:37

"What a load of absolute tosh! As if they arent making enough money out of it. Lets hope the rumours regarding the pending sale are true."

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5. Posted by Spindoctor, 18/04/2017 10:20

"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme old nonsense.

So Lewis' footage has in some way "compromised" Sky et al and undermined their coverage. Blimey, is it THAT crap that amateur in-car footage can detract from it?"

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6. Posted by White Lightning, 18/04/2017 9:48

"I wonder what would have happened had F1's biggest 'star' refused and released a statement saying he had posted it to better engage with the fans. "

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