LEWIS HAMILTON has blasted the FIA’s determination to rent Vitaly Petrov as a steward for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix after the Russian’s outspoken remarks.
Final month, the previous F1 racer was quoted by Russian publication Championat, criticising Hamilton’s anti-racism stance as being “an excessive amount of”.
British racing hero Lewis Hamilton has been utilizing his platform to battle for racial equalityCredit score: Reuters
Ex-F1 driver Petrov final month spewed his anti-BLM agenda
Petrov can also be quoted as saying “as an instance a driver admits to being homosexual – will they arrive out with a rainbow flag and urge everybody to change into homosexual as properly?”
SunSport put these quotes to Hamilton forward of this weekend’s race and the world champion stated he was shocked to see him appointed by the FIA as a part of their four-man panel who successfully referee the race.
He stated: “I’ve not seen all of the quotes, and you’ve got simply recited a few of them.
“In fact, it’s a shock to see that they’re hiring somebody who has these beliefs and is so vocal about issues we are attempting to battle towards.
“It is best to take it up with the FIA as a result of there’s nothing I can notably do about.”
Formula One launched its ‘WeRaceAsOne’ marketing campaign forward of this season to advertise range and inclusion, nevertheless the Russian’s views appear to oppose that stance.
Hamilton added: “We must always positively be together with folks right here who’re with the occasions, understanding of the occasions we live in and delicate to the issues which can be surrounding us.
“So I do not actually fairly perceive what the FIA’s purpose is or why notably he’s right here as a result of it’s not like they do not produce other choices.”
Hamilton has questioned the FIA’s Petrov appointmentCredit score: Reuters
Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, stated: “Clearly I additionally have not heard any of these quotes and I do not know them intimately so it is robust to say.
“However I believe as Lewis stated all of us ought to have the identical mindset for the issues that we’re pushing on.”
In the meantime, Mick Schumacher has shot straight to the top of Haas’ wishlist after the F1 group failed to supply Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean new offers.
Schumacher is presently main the Method 2 championship and, if he wins it, the principles imply that he can’t stay within the sequence.
Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, is a part of the Ferrari academy however the Italian group have already signed Carlos Sainz to associate Charles Leclerc subsequent season.
So Ferrari will look to park the German at both Haas or Alfa Romeo in 2021 so he can get some F1 expertise.
Haas have now cleared the decks within the hope of securing Schumacher’s signature, though different choices embody Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, British racer Callum Ilott and Nikita Mazepin, the son of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin.
Mick Schumacher is high of Haas’ wishlistCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty