Spielberg: formula-1 pilots, at odds: 14 the driver's knees prior to the season opener

The formula 1 pilots can be at the season opener in Austria, not on a closed knee as a sign against racism some. After intensive debates, especially at the in

Spielberg: formula-1 pilots, at odds: 14 the driver's knees prior to the season opener

The formula 1 pilots can be at the season opener in Austria, not on a closed knee as a sign against racism some.

After intensive debates, especially at the instigation of world champion Lewis Hamilton a number of drivers refused this gesture before the Start of the Grand Prix in Spielberg on Sunday. "I believe that the facts and behaviors in our daily life count for more than formal Gestures, which could be in some countries controversial," said Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, his waiver of a knee case, as many athletes had shown previously.

a Total of 14 pilots before the Start of the knee, including Hamilton, also, Leclerc's team mate, Sebastian Vettel. Also Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniel remained, however, except for Leclerc Kwjat. All the riders wore, however, black T-Shirts, most with the inscription "End Racism". Hamilton's Shirt displayed the message "Black lives matter".

Earlier, it was communicated to the drivers Union GPDA: "All 20 drivers are reunited with their Teams against racism and prejudice, welcome at the same time, the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion and support the commitment of formula 1 to do so." The world governing body Fia has granted each of the pilots permission for its own Gestures.

the model for the knee is a Football Star Colin Kaepernick. The NFL Quarterback had protested this gesture against racism and police violence.

Above all, Hamilton had taken the word and of the formula 1 a stronger commitment in the fight for equality, and more diversity is required. As a Signal for more diversity, Mercedes painted silver arrow for this season black. The series will open with a task force and a Foundation stronger for people from all walks of life.

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Updated Date: 05 July 2020, 10:26

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