Six Formulation 1 drivers determined to not take the knee previous to the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Danil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen remained standing whereas the bulk kneeled on the entrance of the grid.
Nonetheless, all wore ‘Finish Racism’ or ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts and two of those that selected to face insisted they’re dedicated to the battle towards prejudice with statements on social media.
Leclerc defined: “All 20 drivers stand united with their groups towards racism and prejudice, on the identical time embracing the rules of variety, equality and inclusion, supporting Formulation 1’s and FIA’s dedication.
“I consider that what issues are info and behaviours in our each day life reasonably than formal gestures that might be seen as controversial in some international locations.
“I cannot take the knee however this doesn’t imply in any respect that I’m much less dedicated than others within the battle towards racism. #EndRacism #WeRaceAsOne #RacingUnited #PurposeDriven.”
Verstappen stated: “I’m very dedicated to equality and the battle towards racism.
“However I consider everybody has the fitting to precise themself at a time and in a method that fits them.
“I cannot take the knee at this time however respect and help the private selections each driver makes. #WeRaceAsOne #EndRacism.”
Lewis Hamilton took the knee after talking out about racism on the conclusion of qualifying on Saturday.
“We all know there is a matter,” the Mercedes driver stated concerning the break up between drivers over taking a knee.
“We don’t want an expertise like tomorrow to show that. We spoke a bit within the drivers’ briefing, yep, attention-grabbing.
“I don’t know what we’ll see tomorrow. Probably, individuals pays their respects in their very own method.
“I simply described that silence is complicit and there may be nonetheless silence in some circumstances.
“So, I thanked people who have stated one thing on their social media platforms – as a result of they’ve an incredible voice – and inspired the others that haven’t, to say one thing.
“It’s about serving to individuals perceive as a result of there are individuals who don’t totally perceive what is going on, and the explanations behind these protests. I attempt to proceed to information and affect as many individuals as I can with it.”