Lewis Hamilton has insisted he and Romain Grosjean are on the same side in the battle against racism and discrimination following clear-the-air talks. Hamilton pointed the finger at Haas driver and Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) director Grosjean in the wake of July’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The F1 champion claimed his rival thought taking a knee just once was enough to show support for the need to fight prejudice and support an increase in diversity in motorsport and beyond.
Hamilton also took aim at F1 chiefs and the FIA, who he claimed had not done enough to provide a platform for the push towards equality.
LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS
Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months
Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE
The 35-year-old has revealed Grosjean called him following his outburst in the wake of his Hungarian Grand Prix win.
And Hamilton has paid credit to the Frenchman, who spoke up against racism at Silverstone on Thursday and who will be “working towards the same common goal” of ending racism and discrimination.
“I’ve heard Romain’s really positive comments already today and we’ll be working in this battle together,” Hamilton said. “I see really positive steps forward but it’s going to take work, we still have to continue to stay on it.
“I was already impressed with our conversation afterwards and his approach to our conversation. He originally reached out to me to talk after the last race and we had a great conversation.
“Ultimately it was quite informative for both of us and we learnt that we have more in common than we perhaps think. He’s clearly a caring person.
“To hear that he’s said that [he was wrong], it’s not easy for anybody to admit that. That’s a great first step.
LATEST IN F1
Sergio Perez breaks silence on positive coronavirus test
Why only Valtteri Bottas can stop Lewis Hamilton
Lando Norris unveils special British Grand Prix helmet
“The fact is that when we got off the phone I knew we were united and we’re going to be working towards the same common goal. That’s what all of us have got to do. Open up our minds. Don’t put our barriers up and be defensive.
“Acknowledging there’s an issue is sometimes the first step and then how can we work towards making it better.”
Hamilton – who has emerged as one of the sporting world’s most prominent advocates of the Black Lives Matter movement – is leading F1’s stand against discrimination.
He led most of his rivals in taking a knee at the first two Grands Prix of 2020, but was left unhappy by the rushed demonstration in Hungary.
Hamilton’s comments at the Hungaroring have prompted a rethink which has seen time for an antiracism protest factored into the schedule for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here.
Source: Read Full Article