Of the 16 drivers present at leading of Styrian GP grid before Austrian national anthem, 12 took a knee, with four standing
Last Updated: 12/07/20 5:48pm
Lewis Hamilton was joined in taking a knee by nearly all his fellow drivers before F1’s 2nd race of the season at the Styrian GP, with some drivers again opting to stand.
As at last week’s Austrian GP, all 20 drivers again wore T-shirts featuring the words ‘End Racism’, with Hamilton’s also saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ on leading, amid the sport’s continued stand against all kind of discrimination.
Of the 16 drivers have been present at the front of the grid for a short gathering ahead of the Austrian national anthem, 12 took a knee with four standing. The image of the drivers was fleetingly seen on the TV world feed before a pre-planned sky dive above the circuit was shown.
Other team personnel also took a knee on the grid.
Does lack of collective knee dilute F1’s message?
In comparison to the scenes in other sports such as the Premier League which week’s cricket Test match between England and the West Indies, the lack of a collective knee among the F1 drivers will again prompt debate about whether it marks a sufficiently united show of solidarity.
The F1 drivers each told Sky F1 on Thursday why they did, or did not, opt to take a knee at last Sunday’s Austrian GP. Six drivers stood then, with 14 kneeling.
“I think as an image, yes, I agree it doesn’t look so good with some standing and some kneeling. But the important thing for me is when it comes to what they have to say about ending racism, they all agree,” mentioned Sky F1‘s Jenson Button.
“We as Formula 1 need to be pro-active in pushing forward in ending racism and We Race As One. It can’t go quiet – we need to mention it every race. And we can’t just be mentioning it, we need to be proactive in making change.”
Speaking to Sky F1, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff mentioned the taking of a knee really should not be made into a polarising problem within F1.
“I think we have to be non-judgemental,” this individual said. “None of the drivers, even the types that are position, are hurtful. We have to respect everyones point of view.
More than just a sticker upon a automobile ✊ This is a commitment to be able to fight against racism and all kinds of discrimination exactly where we see this.
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“I think exactly where we are derived from is that becoming not a racist, nevertheless staying noiseless is not adequate. But We don’t desire to judge what folks do due to the fact we might not necessarily know. He might not kneel but maybe this individual does good quality stuff in the background.
“For us as a team, we have a black car but that is just the beginning of the story. We want to continue with activities and a real programme to increase the minorities within our team.”
Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok upon F1 drivers’ stance
“In conditions of a few drivers not necessarily taking a knee, is actually a private choice. If I was presently there, I would skyrocketed a knee. But every person makes their very own choice.
“But I think precisely what is really important is the fact these drivers have a platform. There are 20 stars from the show, they have powerful sounds in their very own respective nations around the world and with their very own respective enthusiast followings.
“I think Lewis has taken this specific up as a cause he wants to employ his tone of voice to support and i believe the other 19 drivers, 10 staff bosses plus various other people with a high profile in the berceau have of which ability to generate change. Lewis is contacting out for visitors to say difficult enough for individuals to be non-racist, it’s not adequate for people to express, yes I do believe we should have an overabundance diversity. He’s asking visitors to be positively anti-racist plus actively pro-diversity and addition in typically the paddock.
“That’s the important thing message. It’s not just regarding talking about this, it’s regarding what’s every person doing. Taking the knee is important and it’s really a indication of assistance and a symbol nevertheless there’s also have got to be the account activation side from it.
“That’s not going to happen in a week, that’s not happen in a month. There’s a plan in place from F1’s side, we just have to see how that unfolds.”