Lewis Hamilton has avoided any action by Formula 1’s governing body for the T-shirt he wore at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix, but in the midst of an official review of the FIA guidelines, he has promised to continue protesting and use his position to promote their views.
Before Sunday’s race, Hamilton took a knee wearing a black T-shirt with the message “Arrest police who killed Breonna Taylor”
Hamilton then wore the T-shirt to his post-race interview, sent to millions around the world before collecting the winner’s trophy and standing on the podium in the same clothes.
The FIA is a non-political organization and investigated whether Hamilton had broken any rules, but the British will not be punished. However, it is understood that the FIA has launched a review of its current guidelines and Hamilton could be asked not to wear the T-shirt at future races.
The news came when Hamilton declared on Instagram that he will continue to use his status as a six-time world champion to promote his views. “I want you to know I’m not stopping,” he wrote Tuesday. “I’m not giving up. I will not give up using this platform to shed light on what I think is right. This is a journey for all of us to come together and challenge the world at all levels of injustice, not just race. We can help make this a better place for our children and future generations. ”
Damon Hill, Britain’s world champion in 1996, accused the sport of having previously ignored the race issue. He wrote on Twitter: “Such a mixed message to Lewis Hamilton’s t-shirt podium message.
“But F1 has always had its head in the sand over any problem that can make people think about something other than F1. It must make room for these messages if it is to be embraced by the wider world. ”
Hamilton moved into one of Michael Schumacher’s winning record with the 90th career triumph of his career at Mugello last weekend. He gets his first shot to match the Germans’ all-time numbers at the Sochi Autodrom in Russia a week on Sunday.