Lewis Hamilton around the Grand Prix of Tuscany raised attention for the death of the American Breonna Taylor. The driver of Mercedes wore a shirt before and after the race that read: ‘arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’. That Hamilton kept that shirt on during the podium ceremony caused a stir.
According to many, Hamilton went too far by also keeping the shirt on during the celebration of his victory over Mugello. Afterwards, Hamilton did not speak to the FIA about making statements during the podium ceremonies. However, he expects that something will change as a result of his statement. The competition management will draw up frameworks within which statements can be made. That won’t stop the Englishman from making his point. In the past, rules have been devised more often, which he did not adhere to, he said at the press conference in the run-up to the Russian Grand Prix.
“I have not spoken to them, but I have heard that tomorrow (Friday, ed.) They will come up with a new statement about what we can and cannot do. I don’t know what they will do this weekend. But over the years there are many rules and that has not stopped me, “said Hamilton. The Mercedes driver indicates that he is open to arranging these things better with the FIA and Formula 1. “Could it be better? Of course there is always room for improvement, but that is part of the learning curve”, he explained.
His statement on Mugello was not politically fueled, but was a human rights issue, he said. “I have not regretted it for a moment. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right. I felt that it was me following my heart. I did something that never really happened in Formula 1.”