The FIA has announced changed to its post-race procedure after Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt drawing attention to the Breonna Taylor case at the last race.
At the previous round in Mugello, Hamilton wore a T-shirt bearing the message “Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor” while he was interviewed after the race and during his appearance on the podium.
Taylor was shot multiple times and killed by police officers who entered her home in Kentucky in March. The case has been highlighted by worldwide anti-racism protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hamilton is a vocal supporter of.
Hamilton said on Thursday he was expecting “a new ruling of some sort saying what we can and cannot do” in response to his actions in Mugello.
“Lots of rules have been written for me over the years, that hasn’t stopped me. What I will do is just continue to try to work with Formula 1 and with the FIA to make sure the messaging is right.”
The pre-race end racism observance will continue at this weekend’s race. The procedure is the same as at previous rounds, and continues to include references to drivers “wearing their black coloured ‘end racism’ T-shirts”, which at Mugello Hamilton replaced with his Breonna Taylor shirt.
The guidance given to drivers concerning the observance has changed ahead of today’s Russian Grand Prix. Previously drivers were given a list of suggested gestures of support, including taking a knee, standing on the carpet and making a variety of gestures, or “anything else a driver may feel comfortable to do”. The latter has been removed in the guidance for today’s Russian Grand Prix.
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