F1 drivers to rally behind fight against racism
VIENNA (AUSTRIA) – The Grand Prix Drivers’s Association (GDPA) said its members have joined hands to fight racism. But it is left to each individual to choose their stance before the Austrian Grand Prix opening on Sunday.
According to the association, the drivers held many rounds of virtual meetings to discuss how to demonstrate support at the Red Bull Ring.
“All 20 drivers stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice, at the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion and supporting Formula One’s commitment to these,” the association said in its statement.
“Together the drivers will all show their public support for this cause on Sunday ahead of the race, recognising and respecting that each individual has the freedom to show their support for ending racism in their own way and will be free to choose how to do this.”
On Friday Romain Grosjean of France, who is part of the US owned Haas team, said he would take a knee before the start of the event.
“I wasn’t a big fan of taking the knee initially, but then I read more about it and I think now it’s a sportsman’s move to show that you are against racism and it’s not linked to any political movement,” he said.
On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton’s helmet sports the slogan “Black Lives Matter” and so does Vettel’s.
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