Spa-Francorchamps (dpa) – Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel do not see the time in Formula 1 for a boycott like in many American competitions as a sign against racism and police brutality.
“I don’t think it makes sense to go that far”, said the 33-year-old four-time world champion from Germany in the paddock of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“First of all, it’s incredible what many athletes in the United States are doing right now and so many are holding onto the players. But this is in America. We are in Belgium,” said Hamilton, who is deeply committed to the fight against racism. The now 35-year-old six-time world champion is still the first black in the royal sport class.
“I will do what I can from here”, Hamilton assured and announced further discussions with the Formula 1 managers at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit before the race next Sunday (3.10 pm / RTL and Sky).
Vettel, one of the drivers’ union presidents, emphasized that the motorsport premier class wanted to keep sending messages to the public. “How long will we go on? There is no answer,” said Vettel, one of the drivers who always kneels for the races, like Hamilton as a symbol in the fight against racism. “One thing is to take a public position, the other is how to handle it when the cameras are off,” said Vettel.