F1 ban clothes with messages after Lewis Hamilton’s Breonna Taylor T-shirt

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Formula One drivers have been stopped from donning clothing which bear slogans or messages while conducting official duties.

The censorship comes around certain parts of the Grand Prix weekends, such as during the podium ceremony and interviews.

Ahead of the Russia Grand Prix this weekend, the move was expected following talks between the FIA, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

The decision comes off the back of Brit champion Hamilton wearing a T-shirt at the last race in Tuscany.

His top referenced the case of a woman killed by US police which read: "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”.

Hamilton, who has been very vocal in his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, wore the Breonna Taylor T-shirt at the official pre-race anti-racism demonstration.

He also had it on at the podium and during the post-race interviews.

Political messages have long been banned in F1 on the podium, and ahead of today’s race, Hamilton acknowledged he knew a crackdown was coming.

The 35-year-old said: "I did something that has never really happened in F1 and obviously they will stop it from happening moving forwards."

Previously, Hamilton wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, but not after the race had finished.

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Other drivers, meanwhile, donned the FIA’s official “End Racism” T-shirts.

The case with Taylor is another which Hamilton felt passionately about.

She was a black woman shot multiple times as officers raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.

The case is one of a number that has been at the centre of US civil rights protests.

In Sochi on Thursday, Hamilton insisted: "I don't regret a single moment of it. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right.

"People talk about sport not being a place for politics. Ultimately, it's a human rights issues and in my opinion that is something we should be pushing towards.

"We have a huge collective group of amazing people who watch our sport from multiple different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality.

"We push towards road safety and you could say that is human rights."

Hamilton is in pole position today for the Russian Grand Prix.

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Formula One
  • F1
  • Mercedes

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