Following Lewis Hamilton’s Rant, Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, and Other F1 Drivers Finally Voice out Against Racism

Published 06/01/2020, 12:09 AM EDT


After Lewis Hamilton called out the F1 paddock for staying silent over the ongoing protests, several F1 drivers finally took to social media to voice out against discrimination. Daniel Ricciardo. Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and many others from the F1 community finally condemned the blatant injustice happening around the world.

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Daniel Ricciardo: Enough is Enough

Recently, an African American- George Floyd, succumbed to injuries sustained whilst police arrested him. It was another case of police brutality and discrimination against African Americans in the United States. Floyd’s death sparked massive, widespread protests across the US.

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In an Instagram post, Lewis criticized his fellow drivers for not lending support or raising their voice against racism. Via an Insta story, Hamilton said:
I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,

“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of color there yet I stand alone,” he added.

“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you … are and I see you.”

Following his post, several F1 drivers finally voiced out against the pressing issue. Daniel Ricciardo took to social media to post:

 

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“Seeing the news the last few days has left me saddened, what happened to George Floyd and what continues to happen in today’s society is a disgrace. Now more than ever we need to stand together, unified together. Racism is toxic and needs to be addressed not with violence or silence but with unity and action. We need to stand up, we need to be a WE. Let’s be better people. It’s 2020 ffs. Black lives matter”

But he wasn’t alone, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc also made it clear that he firmly opposed discrimination. Leclerc took to Twitter to write:

“To be completely honest, I felt out of place and uncomfortable sharing my thoughts on social media about the whole situation and this is why I haven’t express myself earlier than today. And I was completely wrong”

“I still struggle to find the words to describe the atrocity of some videos I’ve seen on Internet. Racism needs to be met with actions, not silence. Please be actively participating, engaging and encouraging others to spread awareness”

“It is our responsibility to speak out against injustice. Don’t be silent. I stand #BlackLivesMatters

Lando Norris, Nicholas Latifi, and Sergio Perez also lent their support.

Lando Norris: Black Lives Matter

 

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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