Working on social issues, English driver Lewis Hamilton has announced that he will repeat the helmet use in rainbow paint at the next two Formula 1 Grand Prixes. The act, which began at the Qatar Grand Prix, is a demo, according to Hamilton, in support of the LGBTQIA+ community , which suffers from discrimination and prison sentences in ultra-conservative countries.
Connect to the portal Autosport.comHamilton said he would wear the helmet again and commented on the significance of the act: “I’ll wear the same helmet for both races. I’m not afraid of any negative comments or anything. In the past I’ve said ‘we are together’ and ‘love is love’, representing this community here, where there are Imperfect situations, which is important to me.”
However, Hamilton was not the only driver to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community, as Sebastian Vettel of Germany’s Aston Martin raised the flag at the Hungarian Grand Prix in protest of the discriminatory policies of Viktor Orban’s government.
The Briton added that “when these sports go to places like this, it is their duty to raise awareness of these issues. These countries need the media to talk about these matters, equal rights is a serious issue. I would like to know what is happening here and what they are doing for LGBTQIA + Collective”.
Hamilton’s helmet, traditionally worn by the pilot in protest, was already stamped with the anti-racist phrase “We are still victorious.” Lewis has also set up Mission 44, a UK-based charity to support, advocate and empower young people from underrepresented groups.
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