‘I was silenced on racism’ – Lewis Hamilton’s regret at not speaking out sooner

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Hamilton led the drivers in taking the knee before yesterday’s race in Austria but some, including Charles Leclerc, left, and Kimi Raikkonen, right, stayed on their feet
Hamilton led the drivers in taking the knee before yesterday’s race in Austria but some, including Charles Leclerc, left, and Kimi Raikkonen, right, stayed on their feet.

Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his regret at not taking a stronger stand sooner on anti-racism, saying he was “silenced” in his previous attempts to take action.

After a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix in which he was denied a podium place after crashing into Alex Albon, Hamilton, 35, said he had previously been pressurised into abandoning an attempt to show his support to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who initiated the custom of taking the knee that has been widely adopted as a form of protest against racial inequality.

Hamilton was one of 14 of the 20 Formula One drivers who took the knee before the race in Spielberg yesterday, which was won by Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes.

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