Hamilton does not want to have his mouth shut says the British driver, and does not want to abide by the new guidelines of the FIA regarding the expression of opinions and political views.
The FIA had specified in its statutes that drivers are forbidden to make political, religious and personal statements or comments that violate the general principle of neutrality in particular, unless they have been approved in writing by the federation beforehand.
Hamilton, who for years has also used his worldwide fame in the fight for equality and diversity and against racism, among other things, now stressed that “nothing can stop me from talking about the things I am passionate about”.
If there is something that needs to be said, he will continue to do so says Hamilton, the driver confirmed this yesterday during the presentation of the new Mercedes W14 F1 car for the coming season. The Silver Arrow will be painted black again, as in 2020 and 2021, although this time mainly for weight reasons.
“The sport has a certain responsibility to help draw attention to grievances,” explained Hamilton, who is the self-appointed political spokesman for the drivers, especially together with Sebastian Vettel, until the latter’s career ended after last season.
Nothing will change for him, stressed the 38-year-old Hamilton, who was the first black man to make it into Formula 1 in 2007.
Teammate George Russell agreed with his fellow Britishman. “I think it’s totally unnecessary,” he said of the ban, still hoping it was a ‘just misunderstanding’.
“We’re not going to restrict our views and thoughts with any stupid rules.”
Hamilton noted he thinks “it would be silly to say” that he “would want to get penalty points for speaking out,” but maintained that, “I am still going to be speaking my mind. We still have this platform, and there are still a lot of things we need to tackle.”
After winning the Tuscan Grand Prix in 2020, Hamilton wore a shirt that read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” on the front, with an image of Taylor on the back and the words “Say her name.”
This of course will not now be permitted at a race going forward under the current ruling.