Kimi Raikkonen defends his decision not to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement
‘It’s crazy to question it’: Kimi Raikkonen defends his decision not to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter move because he insists that six F1 drivers who have chosen to do ‘ what makes them feel most comfortable ‘
- Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen did not master
- All 20 drivers wore anti-racism shirts before the season opened in Austria
- But the Finnish Alfa Romeo driver says it’s crazy to question players’ motives
Kimi Raikkonen believes that too much has been read in his decision not to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen from Finland were among the six drivers who refused to kneel in what would be common protests just before the season-opening race on Sunday.
All 20 drivers were on the grid at the Red Bull Ring to take a stand against discrimination, with Lewis Hamilton being the only one to put on a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, while the others wore a top saying ‘end racism.
Kimi Raikkonen believes that too much has been read in his decision not to take the knee
All 20 F1 drivers wore anti-racism shirts on Sunday before the Austrian Grand Prix
But talking to Sky Sports News, Kimi Raikkonen claimed it was crazy to question the motives of drivers like him who refused to master.
“Everyone has the right to do what they like,” he said.
“All drivers are absolutely against racism and we have all searched.
“I’m more than happy to help with these things, but every individual has the right to do how they feel most comfortable, so I think F1 and all teams are doing the best they can.
Raikkonen wore an ‘end racism’ shirt, but was one of six drivers who didn’t master beforehand
“I sometimes find it a bit strange to question things, but unfortunately that’s how it goes.”
Raikkonen’s comments come after Australian Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo – who took the knee – defended those who chose to get up.
“I just think there was a bit of trouble with some drivers and their nationality, and what it would mean to take a knee,” he said through Yahoo Sport.
The comments come after Daniel Ricciardo also defended those who chose to stay
Clearly, the reasons why we would do it are purely to support Black Lives Matter.
“It’s not political or anything for nothing … We all understood that we will do what we feel comfortable with.
“But no one will be judged or criticized if they don’t stand there in a certain way or take a knee.”