Lewis Hamilton says he has yet to speak to the FIA for wearing a t-shirt honoring Breonna Taylor at Mugello, but expects a decision on Friday.
During the anti-racism protest before the Grand Prix of Tuscany two weeks ago, Hamilton wrote a t-shirt with the message: “Stop the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”
Taylor was a black Kentucky medical technician who was shot eight times by police during a no-beating investigation at her home in March, and has become a central figure in ongoing anti-racist activism around the world in recent months.
Hamilton also wore the t-shirt on the podium after the race, prompting the FIA to start a review of the guidelines for statements that can be made at such ceremonies. The FIA has always maintained neutrality in everything it does, as detailed in its statutes.
Hamilton confirmed ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix that he had yet to speak with the FIA about the t-shirt and its message, but said he felt no regrets for wearing it at Mugello.
“I have no idea, I haven’t talked to them,” Hamilton said.
“What was really positive was the support I got from the fans. I think the fans were amazing, and I don’t regret a single moment.
“I usually follow my heart and do what I think is right. I did something that never really happened in Formula 1.
“Obviously, they can prevent that from happening, but I think people who talk about sport are not a place of politics, ultimately it is human rights issues, and in my opinion. opinion, this is something we should push.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do this weekend, but a lot of rules have been written for me over the years that haven’t stopped me. But what I’m going to do is keep doing trying to work with Formula 1 and the FIA to make sure the message is correct.
“Could it be better? Of course it could always be better, but it’s part of the learning curve.”
F1 and the FIA have worked with the drivers to organize the anti-racism protests that have taken place before every race so far this season.
Hamilton acknowledged that the FIA had “certain limits within which they feel they have to work”, but felt it was important to have difficult conversations to embrace change.
He also revealed that he was expecting a word from the FIA on Friday regarding their guidelines for the future.
“It’s a learning process for everyone, because people are happy with the standard here, with the way life and society work,” Hamilton said.
“But at the end of the day, the world, and the younger generation in particular, is more aware that things are not equal and that change is needed.
“So you need conversations with people and things like Mugello for people to start a conversation that maybe would never have happened if it hadn’t happened.
“I haven’t spoken to them, but I’ve heard that tomorrow they’ll release a new decision, saying what you can and can’t do. I’ll just try to keep working with them.
“Whether I agree or disagree is a bit irrelevant. It’s just about trying to find common ground and how we can do it together maybe.
“Do I think they really understand? I don’t know. But maybe in the future we will all try to understand.”