McLaren’s Lando Norris states Formula 1 motorists have discussed’carrying a knee’ in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
The gesture is a sign of support for its Black Lives Matter movement and the battle for racial equality. )
Britain’s Norris, 20, stated:”If we’re going to get it done, we must all take action as a grid.
“We can do anything we can to show we respect and care everybody. We can do what’s appropriate when the time comes.”
World winner Lewis Hamilton has improved his interventions on the topic of racial equality because the problem has been brought to the fore by international protests after the passing of African American George Floyd at May, following a police officer urged on his throat for almost nine minutes.
Hamilton, F1’s first black motorist, has begun his own commission to encourage minority participation in motorsport, along with the game’s owners have established their very own diversity and superior driveway.
Hamilton’s Mercedes staff have changed the color scheme of the automobiles by silver to black for this year as a sign of their support for diversity and resistance to racism.
Norris fellow Briton George Russell, who pushes for Williams, stated:”Lewis was quite powerful in his ideas and words and he’s absolutely correct to do so.
“It has put lots of up our eyes to a larger problem in the entire world and when it is something which does not affect you , you do not necessarily understand a few of the difficulties. So it’s something we must support.
“F1 has to be more varied. It is a really white-dominated game.
“Lewis has created a lot of awareness which is great and we will be standing there not only supporting him but also supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Like Hamilton, Norris will take the message’End Racism’ on his car this year, and he’s lately invited followers on social websites to sign petitions.
Norris stated:”I need to do better than another driver, but everybody ought to be given the exact same chance and handled exactly the same.
“It isn’t fair that people get treated differently due to their race.
“This sport reaches millions of people and the more we can do as drivers, teams and as a community in Formula 1, the bigger impact we can have.”
The season, that has been on ice because the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled March as a consequence of the coronavirus catastrophe, begins with three races on consecutive weekends, and two at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on 3-5 and 10-12 July, followed by the Hungaroring on 17-19 July.
All will be held behind closed doors and using a succession of protocols in place to minimise the dangers involving Covid-19.
Norris stated:”I will maintain a bubble, talking to and interacting with as few individuals as I want to. I’ve pretty much spent the previous 3 weeks in my own so I’m utilised to it.
“We will get people on standby and individuals on backup to leap into various functions if people fall sick.
“But we all want to be here until the final race in December so we will take the precautions to make sure we can continue doing our job.”