Lewis Hamilton is set to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by ‘taking a knee’ when the 2020 F1 season kicks off in Austria next month.
The F1 star has championed anti-racism and civil rights action across the globe in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.
Hamilton has used his standing as one of the world’s best-known athletes to get his message across, particularly on Instagram, where he has more than 16m followers.
The 35-year-old has put pressure on high-profile figures to follow suit and has received the backing of F1 chief Ross Brawn in his quest to promote equality.
The Daily Mail now report Hamilton is planning to take action when he gets his sixth World Drivers’ Championship title defence underway at the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5.
Sources close to the Mercedes ace have indicated he is determined to publicly show support for the Black Lives Matter movement at the Red Bull Ring, which is set to host two races next month.
F1 have no plans to censure drivers, with a spokesman saying: “This is a very important issue and we support anyone who wants to show their support in the fight against racism.”
Hamilton, who is likely to ‘take a knee’ in a show of solidarity which has been repeated across the planet, became the first black driver to compete in F1 when he made his debut for Ron Dennis’ McLaren outfit in 2007.
He has gone on to write his name in the history books, winning 84 Grands Prix on the way to securing his six titles.
As well as calling for action to be taken around the world, Hamilton has decried F1’s failure to embrace multiculturalism, with few people from minorities being offered chances in the sport.
Speaking to Italian outlet Style Corriere della Sera in April, Hamilton opened up on why F1 needs to better reflect society’s diverse makeup.
“There is a saying we use in the UK: ‘You can’t be it if you can’t see it’,” Hamilton said. “Kids need to see successful people who look like them to know that their dreams are achievable.
“Sadly, in Formula 1 today, there is an overall lack of diversity: not only among drivers, but also among engineers and mechanics.
“If we don’t make the effort to create pathways to give those from different backgrounds a chance, we will all be to blame.”