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Hamilton to consider taking knee during national anthem at USGP

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Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will consider taking a knee during the national anthem at the United States Grand Prix later this month amid the ongoing protests by a number of professional athletes.

A spate of peaceful protests during the national anthem have taken place at NFL games in recent weeks to protest civil rights abuses in a bid for social change in the United States.

Hamilton has repeatedly stated his support for those protesting via Instagram and Twitter, and told reporters last week in Malaysia: “I really feel like I identify with a lot of those individuals.”

In an interview with British newspaper The Times, Hamilton admitted he was considering whether or not to take action during the national anthem ahead of the race in Austin, Texas on October 22.

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

“I have not thought about [taking a knee]. 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 was reminded about his social media usage by Mercedes over the weekend after uploading a short video to Instagram involving a dog and a doll of President Donald Trump that was later removed.

F1 2017 driver review: Kevin Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen

Team: Haas
Car No.: 20
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P7 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 19
Championship Position: 14th

Kevin Magnussen’s move to Haas proved to be a win-win situation for both parties through 2017 as they banished the struggles of the previous Formula 1 season.

For Magnussen, the move came after a difficult one-season stint with Renault who despite offering him a way back into F1 after a year on the sidelines were unable to produce a car allowing the Dane to fight far up the order.

Haas had not expected to be able to be that much further ahead, but Magnussen nevertheless immediately offered an uplift in performance after replacing Esteban Gutierrez, who failed to score a single point through 2016.

Magnussen picked up Haas’ first points of the season with a solid drive in China, and was able to capitalize on the bonkers Baku race to take P7, which would ultimately be his best result of the season.

Consistency was a real issue for Haas throughout the year as it continued to have teething problems most new teams encounter, and while Magnussen was more able to drive around the problems than teammate Romain Grosjean, he lacked the ultimate pace of his teammate.

That said, Magnussen’s season highlight came in Mexico, a track Haas expected to be its worst of the season. The ex-McLaren driver qualified on the last row but produced a stunning display to finish eighth, soaking up pressure from Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton late on.

The signs are positive moving forward. Next year should be Haas’ best yet thanks to the stability in the regulations, presenting a good opportunity for Magnussen to prove his star quality.

Season High: Taking P8 in Mexico when Haas expected to be slowest.

Season Low: Lagging home P15 at Spa as Grosjean hit the points.