The FIA is looking into whether Lewis Hamilton struck any rules in sporting a T-shirt in the Tuscan Grand Prix that emphasized police brutality.
Hamilton, who took pole position and victory in Mugello, wore a T-shirt before and after the race, which said on front:”Arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor.” On the trunk, it featured an image of her face along with the words:’Say her name’
Taylor proved to be a shameful medical technician from Louisville, Kentucky, who earlier this season was captured at her home by police when they tried to serve a no-knock merit on her home through a narcotics investigation.
Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a gun in the police presuming them to be intruders, and they returned fire. Taylor has been shot eight times and died from her injuries.
The police officers involved in the incident have been under analysis to find out if they broke the law by using excessive force, or were behaving in self-defence after being taken at.
The controversy surrounding the legalities of these police officers’ activities has prompted some to indicate that Hamilton’s T-shirt proved to be a political view, something that his own Mercedes team struck back on societal networking on Monday.
“We are not bringing politics to F1, these are human rights problems that we’re attempting to highlight and increase awareness of. There is a significant difference,” stated that the team in reaction to articles criticising Hamilton.
The FIA was doing it all can this season to assist drivers market their anti-racism message.
At a standard note that’s delivered to motorists seeing their pre-race anti-racism service, F1 race manager Michael Masi makes clear:”The FIA supports any kind of human expression in view of the basic principles of its own statutes.”
The FIA statutes say that the regulating body is impartial in what it does.
Its papers say:”The FIA will refrain from forging discrimination due to race, skin color, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophical or political view, household situation or handicap in the course of its actions and by taking any actions in this regard.”
There’s also a mention in the International Sporting Code which states that teams may not use political advertisements in their automobiles, but there isn’t any particular reference for motorists.
“Competitors taking part in International Competitions are not permitted to affix to their own cars advertising that’s political or spiritual in character or that’s prejudicial to the interests of the FIA,” states post 10.6.2 of the International Sporting Code.
Hamilton explained he had expected to use the T-shift earlier but he’d had trouble getting hold of it.
“It took me a while to have that top and I have been attempting to wear this and draw awareness to the fact that there is people which were murdered on the road and there is somebody that got murdered in her house,” he explained concerning the T-shirt.
“And they are in the wrong home, and those men are still walking and we can not rest. We must continue to increase consciousness with it”
The FIA has revealed itself in the past to have little tolerance for efforts by individuals to make political statements – however that has largely been associated with stunts on the podium.
Back in 2006, Turkish Grand Prix organisers were given a $5 million fine following Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat introduced the winner’s trophy and has been released as”President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, that had been recognised only by Turkey.
The Jerez monitor in Spain also dropped its slot on the F1 calendar following the local mayor made an unscheduled appearance on the podium.