It’s ‘bull****’!: Lewis Hamilton criticizes Formula 1 chiefs after Sebastian Vettel was reprimanded post-race for wearing a ‘same love’ T-shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community ahead of Hungary’s Grand Prix
- Sebastian Vettel wore a shirt during the Hungarian national anthem before the race
- Drivers can wear shirts with messages, but they must be removed for national anthems
- Vettel claimed he forgot to take off his shirt because of the onset of rain
- Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram to defend his old champion rival
- Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll also punished for similar violations
Lewis Hamilton has targeted Formula 1’s governing body after denouncing his decision to scold Sebastian Vettel for wearing a T-shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community as a ‘bull****’.
Four-time world champion Vettel wore a ‘same love’ rainbow T-shirt during the Hungarian national anthem on Sunday.
Under FIA rules, drivers are allowed to carry a message conveying the sport’s We Race As One initiative during the pre-race ceremony. But for the national anthem the clothes have to be removed.
Vettel was called up to see the stewards. He explained that he had forgotten to take off his T-shirt because of the rain.
Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll were also reprimanded for not taking off their We Race As One t-shirts.
Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram to support Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, who wore a shirt that read ‘same love’ in support of the LGBTQ+ community
Vettel, who lost his second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix after a fuel violation, told Sky Sports: “I’m happy if they disqualify me. They can do with me whatever they want, I don’t care. I would do it again.’
In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Hamilton posted a message in support of Vettel.
The British driver, 36, said: ‘Super proud of this man. There is no rule that says what color shirt you can wear and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is not culpable (sic).
‘This is bs. Well done, Seb. I’ll go with the same shirt next time.’
Hamilton later updated his post, writing, “I’m thrilled to see this Seb supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Love always wins.’
Vettel (center) was reprimanded for having his shirt on (top) during the Hungarian national anthem, with Carlos Sainz (second from left), Valtteri Bottas (Vettel’s right) and Lance Stroll (second from Vettel’s right) also being penalized for a similar offense
Hamilton is entering the sport’s summer break with an eight-point lead over Max Verstappen after Sunday’s chaotic race.
The seven-time world champion raced from last to third – upgraded to second after Vettel’s disqualification – with a stellar recovery run.
He will now use the four-week break to recharge his batteries after revealing he was suffering from the symptoms of prolonged Covid-19.
Hamilton, who contracted the virus eight months ago, was examined by a Mercedes team doctor for 30 minutes after becoming unwell after the race.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team held onto Red Bull’s lead on the final lap before the sport’s midterm shutdown.
Before being disqualified for a fuel violation, Vettel (left) finished second to Hamilton (right) at the Hungaroring
The Briton had the race under control but had to fight back after Mercedes chose to leave him on wet tires for the restart.
Hamilton said: “I tell you it has certainly been a hard blow to us. But this weekend has been very strong and (it is) absolutely surprising to see how strong we are compared to Red Bull.
“We keep pushing and fighting and I’m so honored to race for a team like this. We learn from these mistakes—unfortunately we wish they didn’t happen—but it’s not about how you fall, it’s how you get back up.”
On August 29, the season will kick off again at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the 12 final scheduled rounds.