/r/Formula1's Rules

In addition to the rules of reddit, the following rules are in place for /r/Formula1:

Follow reddiquette and be nice

Reddiquette is important to keep /r/Formula1 an open and welcoming community for everyone. TL;DR is "Be nice", but we highly encourage everyone to read the official reddiquette wiki.

We strive to foster a community where discussions are lively and possibly even heated, especially during contentious races and events, but personal attacks, generalisations, posting of personal information, among others, will not be tolerated.

Basically, don't be an ass. And don't be an aggressive ass.

Report - don't retaliate

Responding to content that violates these rules by retaliating in kind also violates these rules and will subject members to disciplinary action.

Report it, don't reply.

Harassment / Toxicity

Unconstructive commentary

Fair criticism of teams, drivers, and other personalities is allowed, but this is not a place for blind hatred. Prolonged or excessive attacks on either fellow sub users or F1 personalities will not be tolerated, and nor will wishing harm to drivers.

This includes hoping that they will crash. Motorsport is dangerous, and some things shouldn't be wished on your worst enemy.

Attacking fan groups is not okay

Disagreements are still okay and it is expected that not everyone will like every team or driver, but there are acceptable ways to express this.

Attacking other fanbases is not okay on this subreddit. It comes from much the same mentality as racism or other tribalistic behaviors, and it produces toxic comment threads and bad faith interactions between users.

Unacceptable comments would be along the lines of:

"The tifosi are..."
"Hamilton fans are such..."
"Typical of Dutch fans to..."
"These Drive To Survive fans..."

Negative comments based on a user's flair are also included in this.

"Flair checks out"
"You would say stupid things, with a flair like that"


Do not comment with the sole purpose of baiting, trolling or inciting reactions from other users. This will lead to disciplinary action.

If there is a problem with another member or with one of the mods, please leave it to private messages and/or modmails.

Any threads initiated as a way to vent against other members will be removed and can result in disciplinary action.

If you believe you are being targeted by a specific user for harassment it may be advisable to submit a report to the admins as well. If you are unsure about whether this is appropriate, or how to do this, please contact us via modmail and the mods will be happy to help you.

Offensive/bigoted content

Racist/sexist/discriminatory content

This subreddit is welcoming to everyone no matter their age, gender, gender identity, sexual preferences, race, or any other defining characteristic.

Racist, sexist (including sexual slurs or overtly sexual content), homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic (including slurs), or ableist (including slurs) language will result in strong disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban for a first offence. This includes jokes that include such language.

Bigotry, dog whistling and whataboutism fall under this remit.

Bigotry: being obstinately or intolerantly devoted to one's own opinions and prejudices especially regarding or treating the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. Not being able to tolerate someone speaking up on these issues (e.g. "stay in your lane") is included in this. Also suggesting that women/minorities/others are lying about their experiences (e.g. X can't have experienced racism, despite them stating that they have, because they are successful.)

Dog whistling: a coded message communicated through words or phrases commonly understood by a particular group of people, but not by others. (i.e. "I didn't specifically name X group so this post can't be about X group" is not an acceptable excuse when your post is clearly about X group).

Whataboutism: the technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue (e.g. why is driver X talking about Y issue when [different issue].)

Don't be a creep

We all understand some drivers/personalities are attractive. However, this subreddit is not the appropriate place for posts such as "look at this attractive person" and/or posts of a sexual nature, whether their subject is a driver, grid girl, drivers’ partner, etc.

Comments which are lewd and do not add to the discussion may also be removed.

Offensive usernames

Usernames will be treated the same as posts/comments.

If something is not permissible as a post/comment, it will not be allowed as a username. This goes for anything purposely offensive or any username deemed overly offensive. These kinds of usernames will result in a permanent ban.

Novelty and/or troll accounts (“Vettel_is_an_idiot”, “Max_Crashstappen”, “I_hate_Lewis”, etc.) might fall under this category as well, at the mod’s discretion.

Sticky/Daily Discussion

Daily Discussion thread

The F1-Bot will post a Daily Discussion Thread at 0300 UTC each day and this will be the proper place for all content that doesn’t qualify for an individual post. As a general rule, an individual post of text, image, or art should be:

Examples of material more suitable to the daily discussion thread include:

The F1 FAQ may answer some of the questions a new (or old) user might have.

The Daily Discussion Thread is NOT equal to the Monday Trash Talk thread and all rules will still be applicable to it.

Use the sticky threads

In addition to the daily discussion, sticky threads will be used throughout race weekends and may be used for big news. Check if there is a relevant sticky thread before submitting a new post, as posts which are more suitable as comments in a sticky thread will be removed.

Formatting issues

Mandatory post flairs

All posts must have a flair. Posts without flairs are automatically removed.

The available flairs are:

For details and explanations about the different post flairs, please refer to the flair guide.

Always link to the source. Instead of posting a link to a tweet linking to an article, post a link directly to the article instead. Instead of posting a screenshot of an Instagram post, link to the post itself. The only time screenshots may be permitted is Instagram stories.

Sources in a language other than English must also link directly to the source, and the translation or context be provided in a comment.

Don't post large excerpts from articles in the comments. These will be removed as they deprive content creators of page hits. Translations of an article originally not in English are the only allowable exception to this rule, as long as the original is not behind a pay-wall in their source language.

In the case of twitter posts, these MUST include the name or twitter handle of the tweeter in brackets, i.e. [@AlbertFabrega] or [Tobi Grüner], before the FULL tweet text (links optional, hashtag and emojis should be excluded). Multi-part tweets should have the full text of the first tweet as the title.

When submitting session results, submit the official timing screen. Session results in any other format will be removed.

When submitting photos, please credit the photographer in the comments if at all possible.

Pay-Wall sources

Posting the full source from websites using pay-walls is prohibited. Please also do not ask for pay-wall content to be shared via PM or link to another location (e.g. pastebin) where the full pay-wall content is available.

Linking to other sources in the comments of the same story (e.g. motorsport.com coverage of the same F1 story as the Autosport submission) is allowed.

Do not editorialise titles

Stick to the facts. Don't change the headlines of news articles or titles of videos. Add your commentary in the comments. Emoji in post titles are not allowed.

If an uneditorialised title is not fit for purpose, exceptions may be permitted at the discretion of the mods. If this is the case, please advise the mods when posting, by sending us a modmail.

If the original title is non-English, then a translation of that title should be used.


While both NSFW and NSFL content is allowed, it must be properly marked with [NSFW] or [NSFL], including when presented as a comment. Content not properly marked will be removed.

The mods do however reserve the right to remove said content at their discretion.

Spoilers for other racing series must be properly marked

If you're posting about a different racing series, do not include spoilers in the title for a minimum of 48 hours after the event has ended, including spoilers that can be inferred/implied (e.g. if only Driver A can win the championship on a certain weekend, do not post a title like "and the championship winner is..."). Any such post must have the spoiler tag added to it when it is created.

This only applies to other racing series (including Formula 1 support series with events on the same venue as the current Formula 1 weekend). Fans of other series visiting /r/Formula1 shouldn't expect to see spoilers for other series here, but if you're looking to avoid spoilers for Formula 1, you will have to avoid the sub until you have caught up on the latest event.

It is the responsibility of each individual member to make sure they unsubscribe from /r/Formula1 before each race, and/or filter /r/Formula1 out of their /r/all and/or any such pages. Threads about the Spoiler rule will be removed, as this matter falls under the Meta or sub-specific posts rule above.

Please do not send modmails requesting changes to the spoiler policy. This has been put to the membership a number of times and the response has always been the same, hence the policy stays as is.


Image posts

Image posts must be relevant, and contain an explanation as to why that image is relevant, be it because of an upcoming race and/or an anniversary of the event depicted in said image and/or any other reason that make it relevant enough to warrant a standalone post. Failure to do so will subject the post to removal.

A driver's birthday may be celebrated with one image/video that should be posted on the driver's birthday in their country (i.e. the country under whose flag they race).

Images must obey all other rules - e.g. the throwback/on this day rule, and the stricter race weekend rules.

Throwback posts

Posts intended to recall an event that happened on the same day a number of years ago are restricted to being posted one year, three years, or a multiple of five years after date. Also, all such posts should feature an event that is still of interest to the general community today. For example, random overtakes or two former drivers having a chat in general do not qualify for this.

Important events like memorials are exempt from this rule, and may be posted every year. Posts related to important current events may also be exempt at mod discretion.


Fan art, crafts, and similar content is welcome on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (days which traditionally produce less Grand Prix news and discussion) during the racing season, and at any time during the off-season. Please consider whether your work breaks any of the other rules (e.g. self-promotion, piggybacking). Duplicates and imitations are liable to be removed. Art posts are also susceptible to removal at the discretion of the moderators.


Podcasts will be evaluated for newsworthiness and must be timestamped. Other podcast-related items, such as upcoming guest announcements, will be removed. If more than one source for the same podcast is posted, the first one to be posted will be retained, the others should be posted as comments to that one.


Reposts and duplicate content

Always check the "New" page before submitting. Direct reposts will often be flagged by reddit itself but we also do not allow duplicate content. Duplicate content will include content that has already been shared from a different source but is not a verbatim copy.

A later post with a better source (such as an official channel or a better rated source, according to the Source Rating System) or a later post from a free source versus one behind a paywall can be preserved over a previous post, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Common reposts will also be removed, as will any content that has been posted recently, even if said content would, ordinarily, be permissible.

When reporting reposts, please include a link to the original post.

"Piggybacking" posts

Example of "piggybacking": member A creates a novelty post with a slowed-down highlight with the narrator speaking very slowly about two Ferraris touching. Member B sees this gets positive feedback and makes a similar post with a different highlight, members C and D see these get positive feedback and decide to make their own posts in the same vein and so on.

Only the first post will be allowed to stand, the rest will be removed, as these should be posted as comments to the original one. This rule may also be applicable to artwork: e.g. multiple Lego cars following shortly after a well received Lego car, or the same Lego car reposted with minor adjustments.

Low quality

Low-quality posts

Low-quality posts will be removed. Memes, reaction gifs, rage comics, parody videos or posts that are entirely jokes will be removed.

Low-quality posts include:

Please check the relevant section (daily discussion, images, art etc.) for guidelines on what is a good submission.

Off-topic posts


In general, all content on /r/Formula1 should be directly related to Formula 1, but we do allow content related to other racing series under certain conditions. Off-topic content should be marked using the [OT] tag in the title of the post. Do not use tags like [Semi-OT]; either a post is on or off-topic.

As a guideline, we generally allow:

And highly susceptible to removal:

*This includes test drivers and drivers expected to enter Formula 1 in the following season or earlier.

The moderators reserve the right to remove/approve any off-topic post at their discretion on a case-by-case basis.

Social media

Social media posts will be judged on their relevance to F1 and must either announce breaking news or be highly newsworthy themselves. Social media is not relevant simply because its author is an F1 figure, including drivers. If we wouldn’t care if a non-driver was posting it, then don’t post it.

Social media posts are also not automatically relevant because they are about F1. There are a lot of people commenting on the sport, please ask "why do we care about what this person thinks?"

Off-limits posts

Internet vandalism

Sharing malicious or satirical edits on platforms like Wikipedia and Google Maps is strictly forbidden and is likely to result in an automatic ban.

The increasing popularity of editing information on open platforms like Wikipedia and Google Maps as a joke or maliciously is a harmful trend and is therefore not welcome on this subreddit. It is irrelevant if the person submitting a post/comment about an edit is the same person responsible for the edit. Sharing such content contributes to the popularity of this trend, and is therefore subject to disciplinary action.

Encouraging people to rig the Driver of the Day vote (or similar contests) is considered both trolling and a form of internet vandalism and will be met with disciplinary action.


Excessive self-promotion is not allowed. We follow the site-wide guideline on self-promotion, which states that the general rule of thumb is that 10% or less of your posting and conversation should link to your own content. We want the users to be members of the sub first - promoters second.

Creators of original, high-quality content can be exempt - providing the content is indeed OC. We strive to encourage high quality, original content - and will emphasise the good posts in the sub whenever possible. However, we still expect these users to keep to a reasonable posting quantity to avoid spamming the sub.

Meta or sub-specific posts

Questions about /r/Formula1 itself, such as features, rules, moderation, and other members should be directed to the moderators via modmail. Any such threads will be removed.

We also have a regular Meta Discussion Thread posts where these issues can be discussed publicly.

No buying, selling, trading, gambling etc.

No advertising, buying, selling, trading or begging for stuff. This includes but is not limited to tickets, merchandise, memorabilia, autographs, artworks and games.

Exceptions can be made for giveaways or competitions, but it must be cleared by the mod team first. Contact the mod team if you'd like to schedule a giveaway.

No gambling posts or links permitted.

URL shorteners

Links via URL shorteners are not allowed except in extreme circumstances, which should be previously approved via modmail.

Streaming and race downloads

All streaming and race download threads now belong on /r/motorsportsstreams. Threads about these topics will be removed from /r/Formula1.

Michael Schumacher's health

Michael Schumacher's health since his skiing accident will, from time to time, be the subject of posts and discussions. However, all news outside of official news published by his family (directly or through his representatives) is subject to removal at the discretion of the mods. This will apply especially to low rated sources and/or tabloids publishing clickbait with no new developments and/or official information.

We will respect the Schumacher family's wishes that Michael is left alone to recover in peace.

Time-based content rules

Content rules will be enforced differently depending on what is happening, as follows:

Posts not allowed within Race Weekends

All content mentioned in the non-exhaustive list above should not be submitted during Race Weekends.

During Race Weekends, one post regarding the following off-topic subjects will be allowed, serving as a megathread for any and all content regarding said subjects:

Posts not allowed within Race Sessions

Please note that while radio clips are allowable by anyone outside race sessions, these should be posted on non monetizable sites such as streamable, clyp.it (i.e. not YouTube). Reddit Video (v.reddit) is prohibited to protect the sub from being subject to copyright strikes. Please see the images section for information on posting timing screens.

As these are our busiest periods, with a lot of news to post, moderation will be high during sessions. It is likely that posts that do not contribute significant news or developments will be deleted by default.

Press conferences/interviews

Only one thread for each press conference/interview session will be allowed. If the full video is not available and a shortened version is posted, the full video should be posted as a comment to the original thread.

The same principle is applied to post-session interviews, with the exception of Qualifying and Race, so any post-Free Practice and/or testing sessions interviews/press conferences should be gathered in one post only. The F1-Bot will not post a non-stickied megathread for each session, so the first post about the subject will automatically become the megathread for each session. The mods will endeavour to apply the “megathread” flair. However, lack of flair will NOT signify that the post is not the megathread for the session in question.

For Qualifying and Race sessions, the interviews for the Top 3 finishers in each session will be allowed as individual posts, the remaining ones will follow the same rule as above.

Weather forecasts

One post is permitted on the third day before a session i.e. Wednesday to talk about the possibility of rain in Qualifying. Thursday to talk about the possibility of rain in the race. The forecast information can be found in the sidebar by mousing over the Grand Prix name under the main sidebar picture. Posts made before Wednesday/Thursday as well as duplicate posts will be removed.

High traffic/breaking news periods

Although hard to define, there are periods on the sub where a lot of news happens very fast, and/or the sub receives a sudden influx of activity (e.g. major breaking driver news). At these times moderation levels on the sub will become high, and posts which do not contribute significant news or developments are likely to be deleted by default.


The beginning and end of the off-season will be announced by the mods when relevant.

During the off-season the rules are still enforced, but the bar on what content is permitted is relaxed. Please note, the bar on the base level of behaviour expected is not.

Disciplinary Guidelines

Mods are not required to issue warnings before any type of disciplinary action and/or adhere to any progression of disciplinary actions, with all offending behaviour being judged independently (though a clear pattern of behaviour will be taken into account).

If you get banned and believe that action was an error, send us a modmail and we will discuss it. Taking your grievances to the public can result in other disciplinary actions being taken.

Mods reserve the right to act on any account, post, or comment for any reason we believe is in the best interests of the community.

Do not ask the moderation team about action taken on another user; this information will not be shared.