Lewis Hamilton avoids FIA action for wearing Breonna Taylor T-shirt
Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has avoided any action or investigation by Formula One’s governing body for the t-shirt which he wore at the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton took a knee ahead of Sunday’s race, wearing a black T-Shirt with the message ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’, on the front and "Say her name" above a photo of Taylor on the back, in support of Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by police in her Louisville residence six months ago.
The racer then went on to wear the T-shirt for his post-race interview, , where he said "It took me a long time to get that shirt and I've been wanting to wear that and bring awareness to the fact that there's people that have been killed on the street and there's someone that got killed in her own house.”, broadcasting it to millions around the world, before going to the podium in the same T-shirt to collect the winner’s trophy.
"It's been 6 months since Breonna Taylor was murdered by policemen, in her own home. Still no justice has been served. We won't stay silent,", the 35-year-old posted on Twitter and Instagram alongside photos of himself wearing the T-shirt.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile(FIA; English: International Automobile Federation) was reportedly considering an investigation and subsequent action against the world champion Hamilton for his actions.
However, the FIA decided that it will not launch a formal investigation into the matter, but the organization has launched a review of its current guidelines and clarified that guidelines will be issued to drivers for pre-race and post-race activities, which means Hamilton could be asked not to wear the T-shirt for the future races.
Earlier on Tuesday, the six time F1 champion in an Instagram story said that he would continue to raise his voice for a change and urged people to join together to challenge all forms of injustice.
"Want you to know that I wont stop, I won't let up, I won't give up on using this platform to shed light on what I believe is right," wrote Hamilton in his Instagram story.