The FIA wants to investigate what kind of political expressions are allowed during a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend. The main reason for this is Lewis Hamilton, who wore a shirt with an anti-racist message in Mugello.
( No Investigation Hamilton T-shirt ) – It was thought the six-time F1 champion may have breached FIA statutes with the t-shirt that highlighted an act of police brutality in the US, and calling for the arrest of those involved.
During the now customary pre-race anti-racism demonstration, in his immediate post-race tv interview after winning his 90th grand prix, and again while he stood on the podium, Hamilton wore a t-shirt with the message ‘Arrest that cops who killed Breonna Taylor’. On the rear was a picture of Taylor and the words ‘Say her name’.
The 26-year-old medical worker was shot and killed in March by plain-clothes police officers who mistakenly raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
While one of the officers involved has since been sacked, and two others placed on administrative duties, no criminal charges have been filed against any of the trio.
The FIA had initially stated the matter was “under active consideration”.
However, no complaint was made to the stewards at Mugello about the potentially offensive t-shirt, while the FIA will not be investigating Mercedes driver Hamilton personally.
Instead, world motor sport’s governing body is to undertake a review of its pre- and post-race guidelines on what can and cannot be worn, and is due to issue a clarification to that effect.
The suggestion is t-shirts or other apparel of the nature worn by Hamilton on Sunday are unlikely to be tolerated in the future.
Naturally, the t-shirts proclaiming ‘End racism’, as worn by all the drivers at present during the pre-race anti-racism demonstration, and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt, as previously worn by Hamilton, will continue to be allowed.
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The statement was not in everyone’s good nature. Some were of the opinion that such a (political) statement does not belong at a sports competition while others thought it was the right place. A few days later, the Mercedes driver responded to the incident via Instagram.
Hamilton says among other things: “I want you to know that I will not stop, I won’t let up, I won’t give up using this platform to shed light on what i believe is right”
He continues: “But this is a journey for all of us to come together and challenge the world on every level of injustice, not only racial” concludes the world champion.
MERCEDES STANDS RIGHT BEHIND HAMILTON
On the social media there was a lot of talk about Hamilton. According to many, this action by Hamilton was a step too far. By expressing his support for ‘Black Lives Matter’, the six-time world champion has already made a clear voice heard in the fight against racism and some people feel that Hamilton has now gone too far and made a political statement that does not belong on an F1 podium.
However, Mercedes is right behind their driver and the official Twitter account is responding. Many angry reactions come online to a reaction from Mercedes. The German team indicates that this action by Hamilton has nothing to do with politics, but with making human rights known.
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