Lewis Hamilton says he is undeterred in his fight against racial injustice. His comments came as the FIA, motorsport’s world governing body, announced it will not investigate the Formula 1 champion for wearing a shirt in honor of Breonna Taylor at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
Hamilton, a six-time world champion who won his 90th career race on Sunday, wore a T-shirt with the words “ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR” across the front and “SAY HER NAME” above a photo. of Taylor on the back, before the race and at the podium ceremony.
After initially saying the matter would be looked into, the FIA will clarify its guidelines on what drivers and teams will be allowed both before and after the race.
The FIA aims to have these guidelines in place before the next race of the 2020 season in Sochi, Russia, on September 27.
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“I want you to know that I will not stop, I will not stop, I will not give up using this platform to shine a light on what I believe is right,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
“I want to thank those of you who continue to support me and show me love, I am so grateful.
“But this is a journey for all of us to come together and challenge the world at all levels of injustice, not just racial.
“We can help make this a better place for our children and generations to come.”
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Taylor was fatally shot in his Louisville home in March when three plainclothes police were enforcing a “no touch” order.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is conducting an investigation into the incident, and the FBI is investigating whether Taylor’s civil rights were violated. Taylor’s mother has filed a civil lawsuit against the three officers identified in connection with her daughter’s death.
No officer has been charged with a crime. Two of the officers remain on the force, while a third was fired and is asking to get his job back.
“It’s been six months since Breonna Taylor was killed by cops, in her home. Justice has yet to be served. We will not remain silent,” Hamilton posted on Twitter Sunday, along with photos of himself wearing the shirt.
He also added in a post-race conference: “It took me a long time to get this shirt and I wanted to wear it and raise awareness of the fact that there are people who have been killed in the streets and there is someone who died in his house
“We need to continue to raise awareness… I think we just need to keep pushing the issue.”
The 35-year-old has been a powerful voice during the Black Lives Matter movement by calling for motoring to do more to combat racism and attending a BLM protest in London earlier this year.
He has also announced plans to create a commission in his name to increase diversity in motoring.
Victory at the Tuscan GP means Hamilton is one point away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s record 91 race wins in F1.