The policy calls on the paddocks of Formula 1, much to the chagrin of some. While Charles Leclerc was spoken since Thursday on social networks for refusing to kneel before the departure of the Grand Prix, it was the turn of Carlos Sainz to climb up to the niche and tell all the evil he thinks of this gesture of support to the demonstrations of anti-racist. "What is the fact of kneeling has to do with being racist or not ? It is a simple gesture, it doesn't change anything. It is now more about who kneels down, rather than who is against racism ", has tempêté Spanish, which evolves under the colors of the McLaren Racing team.
For the competitor for 25 years, the mishap 2.0 Monaco highlights " the pressure under which the drivers of F1 in the media, and the way in which people are confused about what is racist and what is not ". According to Nextgen-Auto, the spaniard only wish for one thing : "stop talking about it, and to turn the page" to focus on the sport.
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"I hate absolutely racism"
The driver had a few moments ago released a message on Twitter where it stated, in part : "It is very sad to see how some people manipulate what I say to make headlines and make it appear that I am racist. I'm not racist, I hate absolutely racism, and racism is disgusting. "" To all those who are using my image to promote their bad ideas, I ask them politely to stop. I don't make policy and I don't want to be involved in there', again, wrote the pilot Ferrari of 22 years.
It is very sad to see how some people manipulate my words to make headlines, making me sound like a racist.— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) August 6, 2020
I am not racist and I absolutly hate racism. Racism is disgusting. 1/3
"It is the freedom, democracy"
At the initiative of the six-time british world champion Lewis Hamilton, the only F1 driver to be black, ceremonies are held prior to the start of the Grand Prix where the drivers are called to demonstrate against racism. On the 20 drivers entered in the Championship of the world, some 70 % kneel, but some, like Charles Leclerc, have chosen not to do so. The Danish Kevin Magnussen, driving for Haas, had begun to kneel before the first races of the season, but has chosen not to do so during the Grand Prix of Great Britain last week on this same Silverstone circuit. "I want to ensure that I support the movement to end racism, but not political organizations such as the movement Black Lives Matter. I want to distinguish myself from this and further support the movement to end racism ", he said on Thursday when he was questioned on this decision.
the president of the international automobile Federation, Jean Todt, had stated in an interview to the Agence France-Presse there are fifteen days that each driver had the freedom to express or not his beliefs. "There are some who may want to get down on one knee [to protest against racism], there are some who may not have the desire to express themselves the same way. It is the freedom, the democracy, " he said.