Update I FIA investigates which political expressions are allowed, will not investigate Hamilton
By Robert McGillivray 15 September 2020 | 12:55
Lewis Hamilton may be punished after wearing a shirt with a political statement. The FIA has launched an investigation into the shirt worn by Hamilton just before the start of the Tuscany Grand Prix, according to Daily Mail. It said: 'Arrest the policemen who murdered Breonna Taylor'.
Hamilton's shirt refers to a 26-year-old medical technician in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot after her boyfriend opened fire on the police while searching for drugs in their home. Hamilton wore the shirt during the pre-race ceremony, where the drivers were given the opportunity to kneel and during the podium ceremony as well.
Political statements not allowed in Formula 1
The statutes of the FIA state that it is forbidden to make political statements in any form whatsoever. As the British medium knows, Hamilton can be fined for that. The FIA and Liberty Media have previously tried hard to work with the Mercedes driver in his fight against racism. (Photo: Mercedes AMG F1)
Update 17:50 (14/09) | FIA responds: "Considering investigation into Hamilton t-shirt"
After rumours that Lewis Hamilton will be investigated by the FIA for wearing a t-shirt with a political message on it, the motorsport federation comes out with a brief response.
An FIA spokesman reports to Reuters news agency on Monday that the federation is currently 'actively considering' whether action should be taken against the gesture. The FIA, which describes itself as an apolitical institution, will decide whether the message 'arrest the policemen who murdered Breonna Taylor' on Hamilton's t-shirt is acceptable.
Hamilton wore the t-shirt with the politically charged message last race weekend on the Mugello circuit, in order to draw attention once again to police violence in the United States. The six-time world champion wore the t-shirt both before and after the race on Sunday.
Update II 12:10 a.m. (15/09) | FIA investigates which political expressions are allowed, will not investigate Hamilton
The FIA wants to investigate what kind of political expressions are allowed during a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend. The main reason for this is Lewis Hamilton, who wore a shirt with an anti-racist message in Mugello.
Hamilton wore the shirt with a clear message not only on the grid before the race but also on the podium. Many fans praised the six-time world champion for his commitment to a cause, but critics, in turn, argued that sport should not be used as a podium for political expression.
Now that the FIA is also involved, the organisations involved are looking at what is and what is not allowed during a Grand Prix weekend. The BBC, among others, is even able to report that no complaint has been lodged with the stewards in Mugello about the shirt and that the FIA will not investigate the Mercedes driver personally.
Hamilton receives support from Mercedes
Hamilton's employer, Mercedes, is very relaxed about the issue. Team boss Toto Wolff at Auto Motor und Sport says he fully supports Hamilton. "It is his decision," he says. "We are fighting together as a team against racism and discrimination. We will give him all the support we can".
Hamilton has already achieved one goal: the debate on his t-shirt brought the issue back to the public. The main aim of the Black Lives Matter movement is to wake up society and raise awareness of the problems. It can therefore be assumed that the world champion will continue to fight against racism in the future. (Photo: Mercedes AMG F1)
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