Formula 1 and motorsport is united against racism, is the message you want to display, not least with the campaign ‘We Race As One’.
the Way to show its support, is drivers however do not agree on, and it was, according to Ekstra information debated extensively on Friday's kørermøde.
the Superstar Lewis Hamilton has been very vocal in its support of the movement, ‘Black Lives Matter’, and his team have for this season even the switch from Mercedes’ sølvfarve to black.
But when it came to how drivers show their common front against racism, there were several opinions.
Both Haas drivers have plans to kneel, but they do not expect that all of their colleagues will follow suit.
- It is a difficult size, people will interpret it in different ways. I come to kneel, but not because I support the BLM organization, said Kevin Magnussen at Haas’ onlinepressemøde Saturday night.
- I support the whole movement, where the whole world gathers to make an end to racism. This is what I support, and what I'm trying to show by to kneel. I hope, that to kneel is not owned by any specific group or organization. I hope people will see it as a symbol of the movement to do away with racism and discrimination, says the dane.
Romain Grosjean is president of the drivers ' organisation, the GPDA, and stresses that all people are against racism. But all do not look the world the same.
- How to show its support to put an end to racism, is personally up to each individual. Here we have different views, and therefore we were probably a little shared, says the frenchman.
- Some are not so much to kneel. All have the same T-shirt with the message ‘Than Rascim’, and I hope that everyone wears it, for it will be sending a good message. For me, it is not politically tied to anything; it's more of a gesture.
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Black Lives Matter is a good movement, as I understand it, but perhaps hispanics are experiencing a different form of racism, which again is different in Asia. So the ‘End Racism’ and ‘We race as one’ is the message we want to forward with. That racism as such shouldn't exist, says Grosjean.
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo stresses that he does not look down on anybody who doesn't kneel.
- I think there were some challenges with some of the drivers and their nationalities, and how knælen would be perceived, says the australian.
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