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2020-06-17 10:30
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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton sits next to his car as he celebrates winning the pole position after the qualifying session at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, a day ahead of the final race of the season, on November 30, 2019. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

  • Hamilton called out F1 and fellow drivers for not speaking out against racism
  • The Briton says he experienced racism as a driver in several European countries
  • The 35-year-old is the first black driver in F1 

Six-time Formula 1 drivers' world champion Lewis Hamilton reportedly intends to kneel during the Austrian anthem ahead of Formula 1's post-corona return to racing next month.

British newspapers, including the Telegraph and the Mirror cited "sources close" to the six-time world champion who said Hamilton's gesture will be in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Mercedes driver appears to have the support of both the FIA and Liberty Media.

FIA president Jean Todt was asked about the 35-year-old's recent political statements and told Corriere della Sera: "Maximum respect.

"The FIA is also very active in human rights matters."

And a spokesman for the Formula 1 organisation added: "This is a very important issue and we support anyone who wants to show their support in the fight against racism."

Hamilton's father Anthony is also encouraging F1's other stars to join in with the kneeling.

"It shouldn't be about Lewis, it should be about F1.  Let's hope F1 take a knee," he told gpfans.com.

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