After an astonishing U-turn by the Formula 1 Board, newly appointed commentator Edmund Hargraves-Smythe was appalled to find himself out of a job, after telling his bosses that he “just didn’t see race”.
The former employee in question found time between wails of angry tears to speak to The Whip about the showdown that unfolded between him and his boss.
“You wouldn’t believe the structural inequality you find in this industry”, Edmund complained, “ESPECIALLY at the top level.”
“After extensively educating myself about personal pronouns, gender biases and racial oppression, I just thought that my boss needed a bit of a wake-up call.”
“By explaining that the only race I see is the human race, I thought I could convert them from bloodthirsty tyrants to morally responsible citizens like me, then just like that, I’m out the door! I’ve already organised a one-man strike.”
However, after discussing the incident with Edmund’s boss, doubts were raised over whether Edmund’s story had traction.
“Oh, sweet Jesus…I knew as soon as he walked through the door I was going to need a strong whisky afterwards. When he whipped out the “I don’t see race” line, I had all I needed to sack his sorry arse. It’s Formula 1, what the hell does he think he’s there for?”
“I’m not going to take lectures from a privately educated middle class wanker about how I need to do more to dismantle structural inequality. Now if you’ll kindly excuse me, I’m off to raze a village for our new track…”
While clearly a case of misunderstanding, there has been no word yet as to Edmund’s future career plans, but it’s clear that being woke and working in motor racing are seemingly incompatible.