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F1 drivers weigh kneeling at start of season

F1 drivers weigh kneeling at start of season

Formula One drivers are looking to dig deeper when the long-delayed season gets underway in Austria on Sunday.

“Some of the drivers have talked about it,” said McLaren driver Lando Norris. “If we are going to do it, it has to be something on the part of the entire grid. It will be discussed after the drivers’ meeting with the Grand Prix Drivers Association on Friday ”.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement has been endorsed by footballers in Germany, Italy and England, kneeling before and during matches.

“We will do everything we can to show that we care and respect everyone,” Norris said. “We will do what is right when the time comes.”

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Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been one of the most active voices on “Black Lives Matter” and the diversity issues in F1.

Like Hamilton, Norris will display the phrase “Stop Racism” on his car this season. The 20-year-old Briton recently urged his followers on social media to sign petitions following criticism that Hamilton leveled against his colleagues for being silent on the issue.

“I want to be better than all the other drivers, but everyone should be given the same opportunity and treated equally,” said Norris. “It is not fair that people receive different treatment because of their race.”

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“This is a sport that is followed by millions of people,” he added. “Everything we can do as drivers, teams and as a community in Formula One, because the impact will be greater.” AP (HN)

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