A tribute to Black Lives Matter movement had divided F1 drivers, said a CNN report.

The divide was between those drivers who choose to kneel and not.

Drivers Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen chose not to.

It happened as all 20 drivers congregated on the start line before the Austrian Grand Prix.

This is the first race of the season following the three-month delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The tribute was the 20 driver’s stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice.

At the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, said the report.

Leclerc’s Side

In total, six drivers chose not to kneel, said the report. 

The other four were Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.

Ferrari driver Leclerc posted a series of tweets regarding the matter. 

He explained why he had chosen not to kneel beside his peers.

He wrote.

“I believe that what matters are facts and behaviors in our daily life rather than formal gestures.

“That could be seen as controversial in some countries. 

“I will not take the knee.

 “But this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism.”

Verstappen echoed Leclerc’s comments, writing: “I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. 

But I believe everyone has the right to express themselves at a time and in a way that suits them. 

“I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes.”


Those Who Kneeled

Lewis Hamilton led the kneeling to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter.

He was joined by other F1 drivers.

Hamilton has been using his sizable platform to speak out against racial and social injustice.

When he knelt at the front line, he was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.

While the rest of the drivers had “End Racism” written on theirs.

Hamilton is the Black driver in Formula One.


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