Mercedes responds to Lewis Hamilton’s controversial criticism on F1 fraternity keeping silence on George Floyd’s death in the United States.
Mercedes makes a strong response in support of their driver Lewis Hamilton who recently showed his support to protests erupted after George Floyd’s death and expressed his anger on rest of the F1 community as a whole keeping mum on it.
“We stand with you, Lewis. Tolerance is an elementary principle of our team principle of our team and we are enriched by diversity in all its forms,” said Mercedes -AMG F1 team in its statement posted online.
“We welcome and encourage people from all races, cultures, religions, philosophies and lifestyles and condemn every form of discrimination as we work together to drive change forward,”
“We are deeply saddened by the recent developments and hope for a de-escalation soon,” the German team further said.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 1, 2020
The outraged rant by Hamilton even compelled other drivers to come out and show their support in open as the tragic death of Floyd has embarked social unrest in the United States.
It is our responsabilities to speak out against injustice. Don't be silent.
I stand #BlackLivesMatters. 3/3
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 31, 2020
Overall, the British driver did receive overwhelming support but there were certain people who didn’t take it well, Will Buxton, the Formula one digital presenter and reporter for Liberty Media gave an aggressive reply to him.
However, soon he got massive flak from people online and he had to delete his comment. People accused him of ripping credits for being an ally or making it about himself instead of victims.
Nevertheless, with Mercedes standing up for Hamilton, we may soon see other constructors coming out of the silence and putting statements ti show solidarity support towards protests happening in the United States.