Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton’s BLM gestures have been slammed by Vitaly Petrov, his former F1 rival, for being ‘too much.
Hamilton has been very vocal when it comes to showing his support for the BLM movement. He recently avoided punishment for wearing a slogan: ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ in reference to the EMT who was killed by cops in March.
But former Renault driver Petrov said he felt the six-time world champion had taken it ‘too far’ by sporting the controversial shirt.
The Russian racing driver said to Championat: “For me, this t-shirt, on top of calling for everyone to kneel, was too much.
“It is a personal matter for every adult. You have the right to speak out on social media or give interviews, but I think the US government is well aware of these problems already.”
He went on: “But to call on that in Formula 1 itself… I think half of the spectators didn’t even know what the shirt was about until it was explained to them.
“And let’s say a driver admits to being gay – will they come out with a rainbow flag and urge everyone to become gay as well? I think the FIA will no longer allow such behaviours.”
Petrov added: “In Russia we have a different mentality, and we do not have the problems that Hamilton is talking about. There should be respect for everyone.”
One internet user commented: “hes only right hamilton has gone overboard thinks his opinion is right and just its not its his opinion and F1 should step in to stop him.”
Another wrote: “Racism does exist but he’s bang on with his comments about Hamilton!”
A third added: “His actions are creating more divisions rather than healing them. But I think thats what he wants.”
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section and SHARE this story with your friends and family!
Recommended Video For You!
“Drunk Driver Wakes Up From 10 Year Coma. Mortified When The Doctor Tells Him It’s All A Lie”