Lewis Hamilton resolute on activism: ‘I won’t give up using this platform’

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After reports surfaced Monday that his Breonna Taylor shirt had sparked an FIA inquiry, Lewis Hamilton had a response by reaffirming his commitment to raising awareness about social justice and anti-racism efforts.

On his Instagram story Tuesday morning, the six-time Formula One champion wrote, “Want you to know that I won’t stop, I won’t let up, I won’t give up on using this platform to shed light on what I believe is right.

“I want to thank those of you who continue to support me and show love, I am so grateful. But this is a journey for all of us to come together and challenge the world on every level of injustice, not only racial. We can help make this place for our kids and the future generations.”

His Mercedes-AMG team reposted a screenshot of Hamilton’s IG story on its Twitter feed Tuesday with a raised fist.

Hamilton, the only Black champion in F1 history, has been outspoken about the need for more diversity in F1, calling out drivers and teams for needing to do more against racism. He also has joined Black Lives Matter marches.

Mercedes has been supportive of Hamilton’s activism, redesigning its cars this year in all-black paint schemes as a stand against discrimination.

Mercedes principal Toto Wolff was quoted by the BBC as saying last weekend that Hamilton had the team’s full support to protest racism as he saw fit. “Whatever he does, we will support,” Wolff said.

Hamilton wore a shirt reading “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor” before and after his victory Sunday at Mugello.

“It took me a long time to get that shirt,” Hamilton said afterward, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve been wanting to wear that and bring awareness to the fact that there’s people that have been killed on the street and there’s someone that got killed in her own house.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.