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Lewis Hamilton demands ‘so-called leaders,’ F1 stars address racial strife

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Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said “the way minorities are treated has to change” and called out fellow stars who remained silent on racial injustice.

In a series of social media posts over the weekend,  the only black driver in Formula One and arguably the most successful minority driver in auto racing history criticized the “white-dominated” auto racing for leaving him to stand alone on social issues.

In posts Sunday to his Instagram Story, Hamilton wrote:

“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice.

“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. ”

“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you who you are and I see you … ”

In a second post an hour later, the Mercedes driver wrote:

“I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully. There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over. The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same! We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”

Over the weekend, Hamilton also tweeted in honor of his father’s 60th birthday and a #BlackLivesMatter video.

Hamilton is among the more outspoken drivers in Formula One. In March, he blasted F1 and race organizers for attempting to hold the season-opening Australian Grand Prix (which was canceled a day later).

Hamilton’s Mercedees-AMG F1 team later tweeted in support of Hamilton.

After Hamilton’s post, several other drivers posted on social media, addressing their support of Black Lives Matter and condemning racism:

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”