Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton ‘reacted with moderation’ to his six fellow drivers who refused to take a knee to the ground before the start of the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg on Sunday.
Max Verstappen, among others, remained standing while a message was read out in which Formula One took a stand against racism and discrimination.
“Nobody is perfect, but if we all participate and do our part, we can see change. I really believe that,” said Hamilton on Instagram.
The Mercedes driver, who finished fourth in Austria, has taken a strong stand in the debate on racism and discrimination in recent weeks.
“I may get criticism in the media and from other angles, but this fight is about equality, not politics or promotion.”
Before the race, Hamilton had once again explained his views and intentions to his colleagues. He also stated, among other things, that “anyone who remains silent is usually an accomplice”.
Nevertheless, Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Daniil Kviat (Alpha Tauri), Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) chose not to get down on one knee.
They wore a black T-shirt on the starting grid with the text “End Racism”. Hamilton was the only one to wear the words “Black Lives Matter”.