Lewis Hamilton confident of anti-racism unity at this weekend’s British Grand Prix
- Hamilton has been on the frontline in the push for diversity in the sport
- He spoke with F1 bosses to discuss plans to support anti-racism
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Lewis Hamilton confident of a united front in the fight against racism at British Grand Prix.
The reigning champion said he was given a huge confidence boost after holding ‘encouraging’ talks with bosses about plans to support anti-racism – but drivers remain divided over taking a knee.
Hamilton has been outspoken on the push for diversity in the sport. He has been a strong voice in the #BlackLivesMatter movement since the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in America in May.
Hamilton has taken the knee before every race this season but was furious with F1’s disorganisation after drivers were only given a small window to make the gesture before the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month.
But he says there ‘will be unity’ in the fight against discrimination going forwards after having discussions with GPDA chairman Alex Wurz, GPDA director and Haas driver Romain Grosjean, FIA president Jean Todt and F1 chiefs Chase Carey and Ross Brawn.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the reigning champion said:
‘Honestly, I was so encouraged,
‘[I was] really just reiterating that we are actually in this together and we’ve got to work together. So let’s do that, let’s communicate better. So much is going on and sometimes communication is the issue.
‘[We’ve got to] continue to educate each other and help each other so we can understand. ‘
F1 is now planning an anti-racism display ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend, although not all drivers are expected to take a knee.
Several drivers have already decided against taking the knee before races this season, including big-name drivers Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.