Lewis Hamilton marks Tuscan Grand Prix victory by wearing a shirt honoring Breonna Taylor, an African American woman fatally shot by police officers earlier this year
- Lewis Hamilton hiked to his 90th Formula 1 victory at the Tuscan Grand Prix
- Brit marked the occasion on stage by raising Breonna Taylor’s fame
- The African-American woman was shot dead by police officers in March
Lewis Hamilton hiked to success at the Tuscan Grand Prix, but he remains keen to fight both off and on the track.
Hamilton fought back from early setbacks, losing the lead at the start of the race in Mugello to eventually beat his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and claim his 90th Formula 1 victory.
But Hamilton was keen to promote business off the track, as he received the applause atop the podium, wearing a shirt that said ‘Arrest the cops who kill Breonna Taylor’ on the front, with the reverse reading Say her name.
Lewis Hamilton stood on the Mugello stage in a shirt and called for the arrest of police officers after the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor
Hamilton had previously worn the shirt in the run-up to the Tuscan Grand Prix in Italy
Taylor, a 26-year-old African American, was shot dead by US police in March after an incident at her home.
Hamilton has fought for racial equality and justice all season, sporting a ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on his helmet.
Hamilton had also worn the shirt on the grid prior to the race and paid tribute to the medical worker in his post-race interview.
The world champion took the victory around Mugello and marked his 90th in Formula 1
There he admitted his race was tough after a chaotic GP in Mugello, where three races were started after two red flag incidents following major crashes.
“It was like three races in one day,” he said after the race. ‘Just unbelievably cool. we had a rough start.
The heat and holding back Valtteri, who has been fast all weekend, was not easy. I was behind in the beginning. Total focus was needed for the restarts. It was really hard.
Hamilton is now just one win behind Michael Schumacher’s record in the sport
‘Keeping that gap of more than a second was crucial because I didn’t want them [race rivals] to have DRS straight on that 1000m. Justice for Breonna Taylor. ‘
Hamilton is now heading to Russia in two weeks to rival Michael Schumacher’s 91-race Formula 1 record.
Should the world champion test success again in Sochi, he could break the German’s record at the next race in his home country at the German Grand Prix to be held at the Nurburgring.