Update | More and more drivers are backing Hamilton on racism issue.
By Tomas Mota 01 June 2020 | 10:03
Several Formula 1 drivers have joined world champion Lewis Hamilton speaking out against racism. The Briton made a plea on Instagram to not remain silent about racism after the death of the American coloured man George Floyd. His response is now being followed up.
Hamilton indicates his disappointment with the community's silence. "I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you silent in the midst injustice. Not a sign from anyone in my industry, which of course is a white dominated sport."
"I am one of the only people of colour, yet I stand alone. I would have thought you would see why this happens and say something about it. Yet you cannot stand alongside us. Just know that I know who you are, I see you."
Drivers react emotionally to #BlackLivesMatter
It seems that Hamilton is completely right. Fellow drivers Daniel Ricciardo, Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc have spoken out against the race conflict via social media. Leclerc and Ricciardo in particular are vocal and emotional in their statements.
Leclerc was previously uncomfortable speaking out online about the situation. "And I was completely wrong. I still find it hard to find words for those disgusting videos on the internet. You have to answer racism with action, not with silence. Don't stay still."
Ricciardo: "Let's be better people"
"What I saw on the news in recent days made me sad", said the Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo. "What happened to George Floyd and what continues to happen in society today is a shame. We have to stand up, we need to be a WE. Let's be better people. It is 2020 for f*** sake. Black lives matter."
Update 01-06 11:05 am | More and more drivers are backing Hamilton on racism issue.