The 2020 Formula 1 season has been unique, not only because of the delayed start due to the coronavirus crisis but also because of the activism on display at every race.
Lewis Hamilton has been leading the calls for F1 to use its global reach to promote positive change.
Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov, though, has criticised Hamilton and the kneeling before races in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“For me, a Black Lives Matter t-shirt is superfluous, as is calling on everyone to kneel,” Petrov told Russian publication Championat.
“That is a personal matter for every adult.
“I don’t understand the kneeling because, according to our traditions, a man kneels only in two cases – in a place of worship before God and when you propose to your future wife.
“You can speak out on your social networks, you can give interviews, you can create some kind of social movement, you can contact the government.
“But for Formula 1 itself to call on everyone… I think half of the fans didn’t understand.”What if one of the drivers comes out as gay?
“Will they go out with a rainbow flag and urge everyone else to become gay or something?
“There are a lot of examples.
“I don’t think the FIA will allow such actions to continue.”
Petrov went on to claim that there isn’t a problem with racism in Russia.
“In Russia, there is a different mentality,” he said.
“We do not have the problem that Hamilton is talking about.
“There should be respect for every person.
“But I think that then everything needs to be thought out more globally, to create some kind of funds.”
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Portugal ||25 Oct|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|