Lewis Hamilton. (AFP Photograph)
Six occasions Components One world champion Lewis Hamilton praised his Mercedes staff for taking a stance against racism however stated after successful Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix that Ferrari and others ought to do more.
The Briton took a knee with 11 drivers earlier than the race whereas sporting a Black Lives Matter T-shirt after which gave a raised fist salute on his automobile and on the rostrum after successful on the Pink Bull Ring.
It was the second weekend in a row that drivers have knelt earlier than the beginning, though not all have executed so. Taking the knee has develop into a typical act of protest against racism and police brutality because the killing on Could 25 of George Floyd, a Black American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis unleashed a worldwide outpouring of unhappiness and outrage.
The gesture was not a part of the official programme, because it had been earlier than the season-opener on the identical Austrian circuit when Components One and groups emphasised an anti-racism message.
“We’ve seen Red Bull’s mechanics take a knee, which I think is great, but as businesses and as teams…if you look at Ferrari who have thousands of people working with them, I’ve heard no word of Ferrari saying that they hold themselves accountable, and this is what they’re going to do for their future,” the game’s solely Black driver informed reporters.
“And we need the teams to do that. We need Formula One and the FIA to be more leading in those scenarios, saying ‘hey guys, all of us together, everyone needs to pull together and fight for this.’
“I believe lots of people do not know what the issue is,” added Hamilton, who has set up a commission to push for equal opportunity and more diversity in motorsport. “Some folks deny there’s a drawback.”
There was no immediate comment from Ferrari, whose race on Sunday lasted about 20 seconds until Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided.
Vettel has knelt alongside Hamilton before both races, however, while Leclerc remained standing but with ‘End Racism’ on his shirt.
“Components One left us the selection to specific ourselves in the way in which we needed,” Leclerc said. “It was clearly written on our shirt to finish racism, which is the primary message we wish to go via.”