Lewis Hamilton demands F1 do more to promote diversity and BLM message after drivers refuse to take knee again

LEWIS HAMILTON says F1, its groups and governing physique want to do more to push their anti-racism message.

The game scored an personal purpose earlier than final Sunday’s race in Austria the place, not like in soccer and cricket, some drivers did, and some did not, take a knee.

Lewis Hamilton said it was the drivers who decided to take a knee before the Styrian GP

Lewis Hamilton stated it was the drivers who determined to take a knee earlier than the Styrian GPCredit score: EPA

Some stars weren’t even current for the second at first, displaying a whole lack of unity behind their message.

F1’s solely black driver, Hamilton, has now known as on the opposite 9 groups to copy his Mercedes’ staff’s stance after they painted their automotive black in help.

Whereas Hamilton singled out Ferrari, saying he had not heard a single message of help from the Italian staff.

He stated: “Formula One, yes they have taken a step forward but ultimately there is more they can do. And the governing body, who dictate what these teams do.

“I requested on a Zoom video name, ‘look, F1 has come ahead in supporting finish racism and it’s superb to see Mercedes doing the identical factor.

“However no different staff has stated a single factor. While we have now seen the Crimson Bull mechanics take a knee, which I feel is nice, however publicly, as companies and groups…

“In the event you have a look at Ferrari, who’ve 1000’s of individuals working with them, I’ve heard no phrase from Ferrari saying they maintain themselves accountable and that is what they’re going to do for his or her future.

“We need the teams to do that. And F1 and the FIA to be the leaders in those scenarios and say ‘hey guys, everyone needs to pull together and fight for this so we can improve’.

“Lots of people do not know what the issue is. Some folks deny there’s a downside and that is why I put this fee collectively.

“Everyone has their opinion but I want to get to the bottom of it and so when we are putting money in to it, we know the cause and that is the root goal.”

Hamilton admitted it was the DRIVERS who determined to take a knee earlier than the Styrian GP, fairly than the game’s bosses.

And stated the chaotic scenes shouldn’t be repeated at this weekend’s Hungarian GP.

Nevertheless, he additionally revealed that not each one of many 20 drivers on the grid is prepared to fully-back the message.

He added: “Earlier than the primary race, I had been on a number of Zoom calls with the heads of Formula One and collectively we had provide you with a plan that that is what we had been going to do at first of the primary race.

“There wasn’t a observe up and none of us had been contacted, so there wasn’t a plan to do it again, for no matter purpose.

“So when the drivers did the briefing on a Zoom chat, we had this debate on whether or not we had been going to do this again.

“I stated, ‘effectively guys I’m going to proceed to do it’. There have been some who had been like ‘effectively I already did it final week, I’m not doing it again’.

“There are some who continued to have the identical method as they’d the primary week and that is why I attempted to spend a little bit of time with those that had chosen to stand, simply to have a chat.

Lewis Hamilton has showed his support for the Black Lives Matter campaign

Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his help for the Black Lives Matter marketing campaignCredit score: EPA

“From a drivers’ viewpoint we’re going to come nearer throughout this era time, however I’m not saying everybody will take a knee.

“I would really like to suppose that at some stage we are going to all be collectively understanding taking the knee.

“Moving forward, we would try to do a better job if we are to do the same thing, but it is not my choice.”

Lewis Hamilton and different F1 drivers ‘take a knee’ in help of BLM at Austrian opener

LEWIS HAMILTON says F1, its groups and governing physique want to do more to push their anti-racism message.