The FIA is looking into whether Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton broke regulations by wearing a T-shirt highlighting police brutality in the United States on Sunday at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
The apparel, which he wore during the league’s official demonstration against racism in parc ferme and on the podium, read: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.” A picture of Taylor was on the back of the shirt along with the phrase “Say Her Name.”
“We are giving this issue active consideration,” said a spokesman for the FIA.
The FIA expresses a nonpartisan stance on political matters, but it’s not clear which rules Hamilton may have broken. Regulations prohibit teams from producing any clothing that express political or religious statements, but drivers are not specifically mentioned.
Hamilton has routinely worn a Black Lives Matter shirt during previous officially sanctioned demonstrations.
Taylor was a 26-year-old black woman who was shot eight times by Louisville police who raided her home in Match. Taylor’s death is subject to investigation, but no one has been arrested or charged with any crimes.
Hamilton is the only black driver in Formula 1 and drives for Mercedes. His team principal Toto Wolfe has expressed support in his driver’s activism.
“It is entirely his decision. Whatever he does, we will support,” the Austrian told reporters last Saturday. “The team is fighting against any kind of racism and discrimination and it is Lewis’s personal fight for Black Lives Matter and with all the support we can give him.
“The much broader movement is obviously the fight against any kind of racism and discrimination — and we as a team and as a corporate have always put an emphasis to fight against that injustice.”
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