‘They need to do a BETTER job’: Lewis Hamilton drops out at F1 chiefs as drivers rush to master the Hungarian GP
- Lewis Hamilton dropped out of F1 chiefs after drivers rushed by anti-racism stance to master for Hungarian Grand Prix
- Players were given a short time to take ‘Take the Knee’ for folk songs
- Lewis Hamilton and others were in place earlier, but others were not ready in time
- Antonio Giovanazzi forgot to wear his ‘END RACISM’ T-shirt and was thrown
Lewis Hamilton retired from Formula 1 leaders after drivers were given a small amount of time to hastily ‘get the hang of’ for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In a confusing display, Lewis Hamilton and others got down on one knee, but other drivers had not yet reached their positions and were able to run into place at the time.
Drivers then quickly stood for the songs, which meant that the moment of ‘getting the hang of it’ didn’t quite reach the powerful intended image.
Formula 1 had further difficulties in their efforts to show solidarity against racism
After a short time to ‘get the hang of it’, some drivers were out of position
To talk with Sky Sports about the incident after his dominant victory, Hamilton struck at GDPA chairman Romain Grosjean.
“He thinks it happened once and that’s all we need to do. I tried to talk to him about what the problem is and why it won’t go away and we have to keep fighting for it. But I don’t think he said anything in the drivers ‘briefing this time, and neither did Sebastian (Vettel),’ said Hamilton.
“Sebastian and I sent each other a message and he, like me, emphasized the importance of continuing to do it (getting the hang of it). I think we should move forward to talk to Formula 1.
“They should do better. It was such a rush. We get out of the car, run, do it fast, get the hang of it and you know … they need to do more. I don’t know why they didn’t, they only started the first race and haven’t done it since.
“They’ve come out saying they will fight diversity and end racism, but they don’t give us the platform to continue that.”
Some drivers were still in position when the pose occurred during a small window
All drivers then rose quickly to honor the national anthems before the race
To add to the badly organized moment, the drivers had been given black ‘END RACISM’ T-shirts to wear, but Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovanazzi hadn’t put them on yet.
Giovanazzi was also seen when his t-shirt was thrown after the anthems started.
Although it boils down to a badly organized and executed attitude rather than a political one, it is the latest issue that Formula 1 has had in its efforts to send a strong message against racism.
Taking the knee has become a popular attitude against racism, with many sports taking over the practice with their participants.
However, the ties to the Black Lives Matter movement have caused division on the grid. Before the races, all drivers wore anti-racism shirts, with most taking a knee.
Antonio Giovinazzi (center left) got his ‘END RACISM’ T-shirt after forgetting to wear it
Lewis Hamilton and others continued to “master” while others were out of place
F1 has had other problems showing solidarity against racism after some drivers chose not to kneel during the Austrian Grand Prix because of links to the Black Lives Matter movement
Some including Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, and Charles Leclerc have chosen to stay, and it has resulted in the broadcasting of uncomfortable images that signal a mixed message worldwide.
Many F1 fans were baffled at the time and took to social media to talk about their confusion surrounding the incident.
@ DannyBrennan72 said: ‘The drivers were allowed to kneel for about 5-10 seconds before starting the national anthem. Some of them had not even reached the position yet. Another failed spectacle of F1 ‘.
Others were similarly unhappy with the short 5-10 seconds F1 was currently giving.
@adehilmt said: ‘we saw the drivers kneel for literally 5 seconds. if we have time to show 1 hour of interviews before the race, f1 can certainly give them more time to kneel and more airtime, it’s really not that hard ‘, while @formulamaddie called on them to do more,’ @ F1: Show your commitment and allow enough time for drivers to kneel before the national anthem. it’s not difficult. plan it better. do it better.’