The British pilot started the series of demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, a black man murdered in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020
On the eve of starting the activities of the first GP of the 2021 season of the Formula 1, at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, the British driver Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, revealed that it will continue with its protests against racism and in favor of human rights that started last year. “It was important to get down on my knees and show the black communities around the world that I am with them,” said Hamilton. “I will continue to kneel. Younger people will ask their parents or teachers why. It is a subject that makes people uncomfortable, but that parents will explain ”, said the seven-time world champion in the main category of motorsport.
Hamilton started the series of protests after the death of George Floyd, black man murdered in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, strangled by a white policeman who knelt on his neck during an approach for allegedly using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill in a supermarket. The Englishman also spoke out against the murder of Breonna Taylor by the American police. “I cannot ignore the fact that the past year has been a heavy one for me. I am getting older, learning more, and we all go through the learning phase. I felt empowered by not being silent, which is what some people want. ”
Hamilton ruled out the possibility of this season being his last in F1. “In my current situation, I don’t feel that this is the end. I think it can be the most exciting season, we have new equipment, formats, everything closer. I don’t feel like I’m at the end, but only in the next eight months will I know if I’m ready to stop or not. I don’t think I am, but nobody knows ”, said the owner of the record of 95 victories, in a press conference. The first free practice sessions are scheduled for this Friday, at 8:30 am and 12 pm, while the starting grid will be defined on Saturday at 12pm. The race, which will be broadcast live from Bandeirantes, starts at 12 noon on Sunday.
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