Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recently came into the spotlight again as he spoke out not only against the race discrimination in the United States which turned into widespread protests, but also the silence from the F1 paddock as well.
Sharing it in his Instagram Story, he wrote:
“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice. Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone.
“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are and I see you.”
It did not take long for his call to be answered as soon after, he was joined by other names like Daniel Ricciardo, Charles LeClerc and Lando Norris.
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Seeing the news the last few days has left me saddened, what happened to George Floyd and what continues to happen in today’s society is a disgrace. Now more than ever we need to stand together, unified together. Racism is toxic and needs to be addressed not with violence or silence but with unity and action. We need to stand up, we need to be a WE. Let’s be better people. It’s 2020 ffs. Black lives matter.
To be completly honest, I felt out of place and uncomfortable sharing my thoughts on social media about the whole situation and this is why I haven't express myself earlier than today.
And I was completely wrong. 1/3
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 31, 2020
George Floyd was the latest victim of police brutality in the United States where he succumbed to his injuries during an arrest. The case immediately went wildfire and his death has sparked massive, widespread protests across the US.