Lewis Hamilton hits out at F1 rivals for refusing to speak out on racism

Lewis Hamilton has hit back at his Formula One rivals for their silence in regards to racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The six-time world champion returned to the track this weekend following the enforced coronavirus break, but hinted at a further lack of solidarity from fellow members of the starting grid.

Hamilton himself has been vocal in his support for the BLM movement, even attending a march in London last month.

He was previously critical of some of his opponents for failing to speak out on the issue, stating in May that he 'stands alone' in a 'white-dominated sport'.

The Brit attended a meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association on Friday, where it was determined all drivers would sport "End Racism” t-shirts in Sunday's season curtain-raiser in Austria, but Hamilton is still frustrated by some of his colleagues.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Hamilton said: "In the meeting I said thank you to those who have said something on social media because they have a great voice, a great platform and encouraging the others that haven’t to say something.

"I described the scenario that silence is generally complicit. There still is some silence in some cases. But it is part of a dialogue of people trying to understand.

"There are still people who don’t fully understand what is happening and the reasons for these protests."

Mercedes have swapped their familiar silver colours for the entire forthcoming season, giving their car a black livery with matching overalls for their drivers and crew.

Hamilton stated winning a record-equalling seventh world title this season would "mean more than ever" due to the circumstances, with particular reference to the BLM movement.

He is set to start second on the grid for Sunday's race, behind teammate Valtteri Bottas.

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However Hamilton is currently under investigation for two alleged infringements during Saturday's qualifying.

The 35-year-old was summoned to the stewards over an alleged failure to slow for yellow flags as well as running wide off the track earlier in the day's proceedings.

His place on the grid could suffer as a result of the yellow flag incident, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen currently set to lineup in third, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris in fourth.

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