- Lewis Hamilton has called for people to take a knee before the Formula 1 race in Austria on Sunday
- He alleges that those who remain silent on racism are 'complicit'
- The champion racer has accused those of not voicing their opposition to racism are proving that racism is rife in sports
Lewis Hamilton has slammed those who remain silent on racism as being 'complicit'. He was calling on people to take a knee before the Austrian Grand Prix with takes place today, Sunday 5 July.
Some drivers and fans are not happy with being pressured into bending their knees before the race. The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) was considering how to proceed late into Saturday night.
Hamilton's criticism comes amid the global protests against the killing of George Floyd in the US.
Revealing what he told a meeting of the GPDA on Friday night, Hamilton said: ‘I thanked those that have said something on their social media platforms because they have a great voice. I encouraged those who haven’t to say something. I told them silence is complicit.’
He went further and explained that there is a perception that racism is rife in sports.
Referring to the differences of opinion, he said: ‘We know there is an issue [with racism in the sport] so we don’t need an experience like tomorrow to prove that.’
In other news, Briefly.co.za, reported that Former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and his wife, Fabiana Flosi, have welcomed their first child together.
The billionaire and Flosi have been married since 2012. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ecclestone confirmed to CNN that the couple have welcomed a son, Ace, into the world.
Ace is Ecclestone's fourth child - he is also the father to daughters Petra, 31, Tamara, 36, and Deborah, 65.
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