Lewis Hamilton slams determination to nominate Vitaly Petrov as a race steward
‘It’s a shock to see they’re hiring somebody who’s so vocal about issues we are attempting to combat’: Lewis Hamilton slams determination to nominate ex-F1 driver Vitaly Petrov as race steward regardless of his views towards Black Lives Matter
- Lewis Hamilton has slammed determination to nominate Vitaly Petrov as a race steward
- The previous Russian driver has publicly opposed Black Lives Matter motion
- Six-time world champion Hamilton stated he doesn’t perceive the FIA’s transfer
The world champion has led the game’s combat for equality, calling on his fellow drivers to take a knee.
However former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov, who’s making his debut as one in all 4 stewards at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, stated: ‘A Black Lives Matter T-shirt is superfluous, as is looking on everybody to kneel.
Lewis Hamilton has slammed the choice to nominate Vitaly Petrov as an F1 race steward
The Russian, who’s a former F1 driver, has publicly opposed the Black Lives Matter motion
‘It’s a private matter for each grownup.
‘In accordance with our traditions, a person kneels solely in two circumstances – in a spot of worship earlier than God and while you suggest to your future spouse.
‘You possibly can communicate out in your social networks, you can provide interviews. However for Components One itself to name on everybody… I believe…’
The six-time world champion, 35, is an ardent supporter of the Black Lives Matter motion
The 36-year-old Russian, who raced towards Hamilton 57 instances, added: ‘What if one of many drivers comes out as homosexual? Will they get a rainbow flag and urge everybody else to turn out to be homosexual?’
Hamilton hit again, saying: ‘It’s a shock to see they’re hiring somebody who’s so vocal about issues we are attempting to combat towards. We needs to be together with people who find themselves with the instances and delicate to the issues which might be surrounding us. So I do not actually perceive what the FIA’s purpose is or why he’s right here. It’s not like they do not produce other choices.’
The FIA declined to remark. They did, nonetheless, warn Racing Level over their failure to check Lance Stroll as quickly as he went down with Covid signs through the Eifel Grand Prix a fortnight in the past. The Canadian later examined constructive.