“I’m not going to tell you what my opinion is, whether everyone should do it or not. But if you look at other sports, for example basketball or football, at Spanish, Italian and teams from all over the world. It doesn’t matter what nationality the players have, they all do it, united. ”
Hamilton finds it remarkable that some F1 drivers do not kneel because they do not know how they react to such a gesture in their country. “If that’s the reason for not doing it, all you have to do is look at the other sports, because everyone else is participating. I hope that little by little we can become more and more united and more united in Formula 1. “
Nevertheless, Hamilton likes to see that all drivers support the anti-racism campaign and that during the national anthem before the start a shirt with on it ’End racism’ to wear.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his victory at Silverstone with another danger symbolizing the fight against racism: he clenches his fist.
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“I am really proud of all the riders who wear the shirt. I think there is progress. The most important thing is that the drivers continue to respect each other, I think, and we do. Maybe there just needs to be more talk. ”
Hamilton may have a chat this week ahead of the second GP at Silverstone with Kevin Magnussen, who did not kneel for the first time last Sunday, after doing so in the first three races.
In the NBA, but also in the English football league, for example, players and staff all kneel.
“I don’t know why Magnussen didn’t kneel, I didn’t talk to him. But little by little, I think we’re just trying to understand each other better. ”
In any case, Hamilton was happy to see that enough time and space was being released for the moment at Silverstone. In Hungary it was a mess, after a change in the timetable. In haste, there was a brief stop in the pit lane. Hamilton was disappointed by that. He believes that the fight against racism should be an ongoing process and not a silent death.
“I think Formula 1 did a much, much better job after last week’s discussions on how we can do better,” said Hamilton. “You could tell it was a lot more professional.”
Max Verstappen previously declared to be a fierce opponent of racism. However, he does not kneel before competitions.
“I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I also believe that everyone has the right to express themselves at a time and in a way that suits them ”, said prior to the first race in Austria.
“I kneel, because I came here to race, but I respect and support the personal choices each driver makes to express himself.”