Lewis Hamilton escapes punishment for wearing shirt with striking message

A spokesman for the FIA ​​confirmed to the BBC that no investigation will be started, an option that was considered the day before.

By wearing the t-shirt, Hamilton wanted to draw attention to the death of the black woman Breonna Taylor. She was shot by police in her Kentucky home in March.

The 35-year-old Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula 1, has become a lot more active in recent months in his activism against racism and also motivated the other F1 teams and drivers to speak out against injustice. However, the t-shirt could go against the rules of the FIA, which does not allow politically charged messages, but the Brit is thus escaping a sanction.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka also stood up for Taylor after her overall victory in the US Open last weekend. Hamilton called her on Sunday after the race, where he won the 90th GP of his career, an “inspiration.” “For some time now I have wanted to create awareness for the fact that people are being murdered on the street.”

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