F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix LIVE: Updates as Hamilton and Verstappen continue epic title race


Lewis Hamilton said he did not feel comfortable being in Saudi Arabia for the country’s first F1 race due to their poor human rights record.

Once again, the reigning champion of the sport was the one to speak after making a poignant statement on arrival at the training ground in Jeddah.

“I feel like this sport, and we have an obligation to make sure that we try and raise awareness about certain issues, especially human rights in our countries,” he said. I’m coming.

“With the utmost respect for everyone present, I have received warm respect from everyone on the face of the earth.

“I can’t pretend to be the most knowledgeable or [have the] the deepest understanding of anyone who has grown up in a community here heavily influenced by so many laws and regimes.

“Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say I do, but I don’t have to choose here. The sport has made a choice to be here and whether it’s right or wrong, I think. while we’re here, it’s important that we try and raise awareness.

“For example, in the last race you saw the helmet that I was wearing and I will wear that helmet again here and in the next race because that is a matter and is the rule.

“If anyone wants to take the time to read legislation for the LGBT+ community, that’s pretty horrifying and changes are needed, for example women’s rights and the ability to drive in 2018 – that’s it. is how they are controlled.

“Do they really work? Why are some women still in jail for driving a lot, many years ago? There’s a lot of change that needs to happen and our sport needs to do more of it. .” F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix LIVE: Updates as Hamilton and Verstappen continue epic title race

Huynh Nguyen

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