Lewis Hamilton expects FIA reaction over anti-racism messages after Breonna Taylor t-shirt

Lewis Hamilton believes there is a chance he will be told he cannot wear shirts bearing anti-racism messages on the podium. He expects the sport’s governing body, the FIA, will let him know their decision before qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Following his win in Tuscany last time out, Hamilton took to the podium in a T-shirt that referenced the killing of Breonna Taylor by US police.

However, it is understood the FIA will request that the podium remains a neutral space amid growing civil rights protests across the world.

Breonna Taylor was a black woman who was shot by police officers in her Louisville home in March. Earlier this week, authorities decided to not charge any of the officers involved, a decision the six-time world champion reacted to on social media.

He posted: “I’m so sad but not surprised at this outcome. Police continue to get away with murder every single day and it needs to stop! She was innocent and did not deserve to be shot and killed. Where is the justice, this clearly isn’t it.

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“It hurts to know somebody was killed and nobody was held accountable. Imagine that was your mum, your brother or sister or friend, her life mattered but the system which was meant to protect her failed her all because of her skin colour. So mad.”

On his decision to peacefully protest in Mugello, Hamilton told the BBC:  “I don’t regret a single moment of it [his protest]. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right.

“People talk about sport not being a place for politics. Ultimately, it’s a human rights issue and in my opinion that is something we should be pushing towards.

“We have a huge collective group of amazing people who watch our sport from multiple different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality.

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 “But lots of rules have been written for me over the years and that hasn’t stopped me. What I will do is continue to work with F1 and the FIA to make sure the messaging is right. It could always be better but that’s part of the learning curve.

“As a business and organisation they have certain limits they feel they have to work within. They are trying to make everyone happy and do the right thing.

“This is a learning process for everyone. People have been happy with the norm here of how life and society has operated but ultimately the world and the younger generation are more conscious that things aren’t equal and change is needed.”

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BBC report that drivers will be informed of the FIA’s position after tomorrow’s [Friday] practice session.

“I haven’t spoken to them but I heard tomorrow they will come out with a new ruling saying what you can and cannot do,” he added.

“I will try to continue to work with them. Whether I agree or disagree is irrelevant, it is trying to find  common ground in how we can do it together maybe.

“Do I believe they fully understand? I don’t know. But perhaps in the future we all will to the same extent.”

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