Lewis Hamilton believes anti-racism posts will be BAN from Formula 1 podiums after taking the stage in Tuscany with ‘arrest the police who killed Breonna Taylor’ T-shirt with FIA ruling expected to keep the ceremony as a ‘neutral space’
- Lewis Hamilton expects the FIA to decide against anti-racism shirts on the podium
- He was wearing a shirt referring to the death of Breonna Taylor at the Grand Prix of Tuscany
- It is expected that the governing body will say that the stage should be a ‘neutral space’
The FIA is expected to tell Formula 1 drivers that only racing suits are allowed on the podium after Lewis Hamilton wore a shirt with an anti-racism message during the Tuscan Grand Prix.
His shirt had the slogans “Arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor” and “Say her name,” referring to a black woman shot by police in her Kentucky home earlier this year.
According to the BBC, Hamilton said: ‘I’ve done something that never really happened in F1 and it will be clear that it will not go on.
Lewis Hamilton wore a shirt during the Tuscan Grand Prix that referred to the death of Breonna Taylor
The FIA is expected to rule that anti-racist clothing will not be allowed on Formula 1 stages
‘I didn’t speak to them, but I heard it tomorrow [Friday] they will come up with a new statement telling you what you can and cannot do. ‘
The drivers will receive a briefing after Friday’s practice session, during which the governing body is expected to clarify that anti-racist clothing is allowed before the race and during the pre-race demonstration.
However, the ruling will say that the stage “should be preserved as a neutral space.”
Hamilton has long fought for more diversity in sports and to combat racism
Hamilton says he has no regrets and will continue to work to educate people
‘I don’t regret it for a moment [the protest]. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right, ” said Hamilton.
‘People say that sport is not a place for politics. Ultimately it is a human rights issue and in my opinion that is something we should strive for.
‘We have a huge collective group of wonderful people who watch our sport from different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely send positive messages to them, especially for equality. ‘
None of the police officers involved in Taylor’s shooting have been charged with her murder, which has angered many people around the world.
The governing body is expected to decide that the stage should be kept as a ‘neutral space’
Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov hit Hamilton, claiming that racism doesn’t exist in Russia
World Champion Hamilton says he will continue to work with F1 and the FIA to make sure they do what’s best to educate people on the issue of racism.
However, not everyone is satisfied with the way Hamilton tries to get his message across. Former F1 rival Vitaly Petrov burned his gestures as ‘too much’, saying the US government is ‘already well aware of these issues’.
Then he bizarrely claimed that racism doesn’t exist in Russia, saying, “And let’s say a driver admits to being gay – will they come out with a rainbow flag and urge everyone to become gay too?”