Lewis Hamilton has gone ahead and called out Ferrari for not taking a good enough stance against ‘racism’ in the sport and in general.
Lewis Hamilton has championed the cause of diversity in motorsports, and with good reason. The reigning world champion is the only black driver in the current Formula One grid.
The Brit has done his utmost to highlight the cause, in the wake of widespread protests around the world. He had unveiled his new helmet, the design a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
This after his team Mercedes launched a new livery in black, instead of their traditional silver. The W11 has “End Racism written on the Halo. They also pledged to improve the diversity in their team.
Lewis Hamilton calls out Ferrari in massive statement
Lewis Hamilton had requested all the drivers in the paddock to take a knee during the Austrian Grand Prix. Few drivers had objections to it, and were unwilling to take a knee.
Yesterday, at the Styrian Grand Prix, only 12 drivers took a knee, while the others either stood or were not present there. After the race, speaking to Sky F1, he expressed his disappointment on the lack of solidarity in the paddock.
We stand together ✊🏾 the team today took the knee which was just amazing to see that together we can learn and be open minded of what’s going on in the world. Thank you to everyone in my team and to you #TeamLH, I appreciate all of your support and your positive messages 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zfKGdjDjce
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 12, 2020
“Formula One has come forward and said they are supporting ending racism. It is also amazing to see Mercedes are also doing that, but no other team has done a single thing.” said Hamilton.
Lewis particularly directed his statement towards Ferrari, calling them out for not doing enough to curb racism in the sport. He feels that F1 as a whole needs to do a lot better to make use of their platform to send an important message.
“You look at Ferrari, who have thousands of people working for them, and I’ve not heard a word from them saying they hold themselves accountable.
“A lot of work needs to go on with Formula 1, the FIA need to be a part of it. And I think the drivers need to be a part of it also as we have great voices and platforms.”