Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt with a message against police brutality at the Tuscan Grand Prix.© AFP
Formula One’s ruling body is reported to be considering action against world champion Lewis Hamilton after he wore a t-shirt highlighting police brutality at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix. The six-time world champion and series leader, who won the race, wore a t-shirt bearing a message that said “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” before and after the race, all the way through an anti-racism ceremony and television interviews. A spokesperson for the International Motoring Federation (FIA) told the BBC that the case against Hamilton is “under active consideration”.
Hamilton had prior to now worn a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt at each race without any remark from the FIA.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, used to be shot by police in Kentucky in March. She used to be a medical worker and used to be killed in her own home.
The FIA rules state that drivers aren’t to use advertising that is “political or devout in nature of that is prejudicial to the interests of the FIA”.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, the United States Open champion, also brought Taylor’s death to public attention when she wore a face mask with her name on it at the New York tournament.
“It took me a very long time to receive that shirt and I’ve been wanting to wear it and bring awareness to the truth that there’s people which were killed in the street and there’s someone that got killed in her own house, and they are in the incorrect house, and those guys are still walking free,” said Hamilton after his 90th career victory on Sunday.
“We will be able to’t rest. We need to continue to bring awareness with it. And Naomi’s been doing amazing, so immense congratulations to her. She is an unbelievable inspiration with what she has done with her platform.”
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