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Hamilton may 'take a knee' at United States GP

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Hamilton may 'take a knee' at United States GP
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Oct 1, 2017, 3:47 AM

Lewis Hamilton has said he might join the ‘take a knee’ protest when the national anthem is played ahead of the United States Grand Prix next month.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
Pole man Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, celebrates
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08

The Mercedes driver has already spoken openly about his support for the anti-racism campaign, which has intensified after US president Donald Trump criticised NFL players for their lack of respect in kneeling during the anthems.

With the next F1 race taking place in the US, Hamilton is aware of a huge platform he has to show his support on October 22 – although at the moment he remains unsure about what he will do.

In an interview with The Times talking about the matter, Hamilton said: “I’ve not even thought about that race, but of course I will have to start to think about it — what would be right for me to do, or do I even need to get involved?

“It’s not my national anthem, but the issue that is in the States … well, it’s not just in the States, it is a global thing. It’s more focused and probably at its worse perhaps in America. I think we all do need to stand together.”

Hamilton is clear, however, that he stands by the sports stars who have defied Trump’s criticisms to continue their protests.

“It’s important for everyone to stand up for what they believe in,” he said. “I don’t plan on being more political, but I do feel we should all stand up and stick by what we believe in.

“It is open for anyone to have freedom of speech, and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world. Particularly if your leader is not helping in that area.”

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Hamilton’s thoughts on the political situation in the United States caused a stir ahead of the Malaysia weekend when he posted a controversial video of a Trump doll and a dog on Instagram. The post was eventually removed.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suggested that Hamilton may need to rethink his approach to getting involved in such delicate matters.

“This is a very controversial and polarising story,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to get involved in politics. We all have our opinion.

"Lewis’s feelings about human rights are very strong and I think he wanted to show that and probably Instagram as the communication channel is something that he needs to rethink but I can relate to his feelings.”

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