The F1 people showed their solidarity in the fight for equality before the Austrian race. Most of the drivers knelt in the same way as Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 NFL.
Six of the drivers - Kimi Räikkönen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvjat and Max Verstappen - stood at the same time as the others knelt.
However, the setup was comparatively different from that of Kaepernick and other kneeling NFL players. The “expression for equality” took place before the national anthem, not during it. With his kneeling during the national anthem, Kaepernick protested against racism and, above all, police violence against the black minority in the United States.
Each driver was allowed to act the way they wanted during the quiet moment.
- We are now holding a quiet moment, when everyone in their own way shows solidarity for equality and equal opportunities, the track announcer said before kneeling.
Of the drivers, Lewis Hamilton wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.
Leclerc and Verstappen backed up their decisions to stand before the competition on Twitter.
- I believe that what matters is our facts and behavior in our daily lives, rather than gestures that can be seen as controversial in some countries. I’m not going to kneel, but this by no means means I’m less committed to the fight against racism, ”Leclerc wrote on his Twitter account.
“All 20 drivers are teamed up with the teams to fight racism and prejudice, while adhering to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, in line with formula one and the FIA commitments,” Leclerc wrote in another tweet.
- I'm really dedicated to equality and the fight against racism, but I believe that everyone has the right to express themselves in a way that suits them. I will not kneel today, but I respect and support the personal choice made by every driver, Verstappen wrote.
F1 drivers before the Austrian race.
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