Lewis Hamilton wears ‘arrest the cops’ T-shirt ahead of Tuscan GP

By: Reuters |

September 13, 2020 9:21:15 pm

Lewis Hamilton, the sport’s solely Black competitor, has beforehand worn a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt in related pre-race gestures in opposition to racism. (Reuters)

Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took a knee earlier than the begin of the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday with a message on his shirt declaring “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”.

The phrases “say her name” and {a photograph} had been on the again of Briton Hamilton’s shirt.

The Mercedes driver, the sport’s solely Black competitor, has beforehand worn a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt in related pre-race gestures in opposition to racism.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black lady, was killed by law enforcement officials who burst into her residence in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.

One police officer concerned was fired by the metropolis’s police division in June. Two different officers have been positioned on administrative reassignment. No legal costs have been filed in opposition to any of the three.

U.S. Open tennis winner Naomi Osaka wore a face masks with Taylor’s identify on it as one of a collection of masks she wore on her method to the title.

Tuscan GP halted after crashes and two security vehicles

The first ever Tuscan Formula One Grand Prix at Mugello in Italy was stopped after which re-started on Sunday after crashes and two security automotive deployments in the area of eight laps.

Debris was scattered throughout the straight after Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi collided as the race re-started following a primary security automotive interval.

Valtteri Bottas had been main for Mercedes, with group mate Lewis Hamilton second, and controlling the tempo.

As the Finn ready to speed up away, the back-markers reacted as if the leaders had already re-started. Sainz hit the again of Giovinazzi’s automotive as the Alfa swerved.

“I think people were going before you’d gone,” Mercedes instructed Bottas.

Sainz reported that he and the others had been OK. “The crash was really scary,” he stated.

“It felt like at the back of the grid where I was that everyone in front of me thought the race was going and we were all flat out until someone realised the race was not on,” added the Spaniard.

“The speeds we had been going at had been very, very large so the crash I had might have been a lot worse if one automotive had been sideways on the principal straight, I believe it’s one thing to study from right here.

“It’s definitely not a nice feeling to do 280kph and suddenly find three cars in the middle of the straight.”

The security automotive was instantly deployed once more and the race then halted earlier than a standing re-start.

The security automotive had been deployed after the opening lap when Pierre Gasly, shock winner of final Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza for AlphaTauri, was launched into the air and took out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

It was the second race in a row to be red-flagged.

Renault stated Esteban Ocon had additionally been retired resulting from overheating brakes.

Only 13 vehicles remained in the race.

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