Lewis Hamilton says clinching victory at the United States Grand Prix is “the most important thing to me” as his message in the current tensions in America, as he confirms he won’t be taking a knee during the national anthem.

After reports emerged that Hamilton was considering following the recent NFL protests led by Colin Kaepernick’s movement of taking a knee during the national anthem, the Formula 1 world championship leader moved swiftly to deny this but supports protests against police brutality and more recently against US President Donald Trump.

Hamilton instead plans to provide his own message by solely focusing on of a sixth win at the US GP, and fourth in a row at the Circuit of the Americas, to edge closer to the 2017 F1 world title as he leads the drivers’ championship by 59 points from Sebastian Vettel.

Related Articles

"I think winning here is the most important thing for me, particularly in the heat of all that is going on in this country. I think that is a priority for me," Hamilton said. "I know a lot of people here in America, both black and white people who live in America, so I get quite a good view of what is happening and opinions here in the States about the movement which I think is pretty huge.

"I’ve posted [on social media] about it because I respect it highly and I find the movement that Kaepernick started is awesome. I’m very much in support of it. I am here to win and that is part of my priority at the moment and what I am focused on at the moment.

"I am here to win, that is my focus, and I don’t plan to allow all the bullshit that surrounds the topic pull me down in my strive to win this F1 world title. I’ve worked hard to be where I am today. While I do have opinions and feelings towards the whole situation I have no plans to do anything at the moment."

While Hamilton is eager to win in Austin he hasn’t aligned those goals with sealing the F1 world championship at the circuit where he clinched his 2015 title. Mathematically, the US GP represents Hamilton’s first opportunity to seal a fourth world championship but needs to win the race and Vettel to finish sixth or lower – something he calls a “silly” expectation given Ferrari’s pace this year.

"I think the talk of the championship win this weekend is silly," he said. "You can’t expect them [Ferrari] to have a difficult weekend again, they are going to be quick and will have an opportunity to win. The championship, as long as it is done in the next four races, that is my focus."

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment

Good idea not to kneel in TX... for that matter anywhere.  To follow Kapernick shows a bit of lack of common sense as well.  They are protesting violence that they have never experienced which is fine, but don't do anything about it.  Instead they kneel for the National Anthem?  What does that accomplish?  It's idiocy and Mr. H... I thought you were smarter than that.  The protest has about as much to do with the national anthem as your tatto's do in making you fast.  ZERO!!!  I"m for trying to help out with issues... but following one bad leader after another is not accomplishing anything and making matters worse.  Go find someone that has experienced this brutality and help them.  

Where in ANY part of this article does Hamilton say anything about 'taking a knee'? Have you read the piece at all? It states clearly that while he has his own viewpoint on the situation (as do we all) in the US, he will concentrate on doing his job. Period. And what do tattoos have to do with 'going fast'? Where on earth do you make that leap in logic? (By the way, Kimi has tats too - I don't read anyone giving him grief for having them...) Judging by the comments, once again people are choosing to invent reasons for disliking Lewis instead of simply reading. By all means, dislike him as a fan of F1 (we all have our favourite drivers), but at least have the courage to state it clearly without these tiresome, obtuse observations masquerading as insight!

 

if he supports it and thinks its right have the balls to do it, otherwise  stop courting attention for himself and shut the fuck up.owney

'supports protests against police brutality and more recently against US President Donald Trump.' If you take California which had more than 5 million ilegals voting Trump is the by far the president with most followers in decades in America. Hamilton is making fans hate him and even hate the Merc brand if he continues with this stupid Soros agenda. Hamilton is another spoilt brat making huge fortune early and acting as the underpriveled. How much of his fortune has gone to help black people in africa or even in the UK?! Yes I didn't think so.

Hmmm...5 million 'illegal' voters, is it? That's up from the already fabricated number of 3 million. Do you have any proof of this? It's okay, neither does Trump, but it's enough for him to just blurt out the lie and let people lap it up without questioning how impossible it is. Any in any case, what on earth does this have to do with the article in question? Also, how is Hamilton acting 'underpriviledged'? And the false equivalency argument regarding where and how he spends his money (neither of which ANY of us knows) is even more irrelevant. Let's stick to F1, shall we? What do YOU think will happen in the race?

Good. Hamilton is not an American citizen and to protest would be inappropriate.

Reading all these comments just confirms that ignorance and stupidity are definitely sicknesses. You over privileged people who will never show your cowardly faces are always quick to rip apart anything that makes your kind uncomfortable. These guys cannot fly and protect the innocent like in superhero movies. So they are using the platform they have to fight for what is right. But of course you don't see the reasons behind the protest but create your own delusions believing that what they are doing or saying is wrong. Sickening and pathetic.

Just stick to driving cars Hamilton. What's your next publicity stunt? Joining the looters?

That is PRECISELY what both Hamilton and the article say he's doing. Did you even bother reading the piece before posting this patently biased and incorrect knee jerk response? And what does looting have to do with anything? How and why did you feel it necessary to say that? I've read the article five times now and I just don't see where any of these conclusions come from. I'm really curious.

Hamilton is an ignorant fool and statements like this prove it.

The National Felon League players make an average of $2,000,000.00 per year in a nation where the average household income is less than $70,000.00 per year. Most of them were given the opportunity to get the best education in the world and didn't graduate. They come from citites with massive black on black crime and do nothing about it. They father numerous children with numerous women and are broke 5 years after they stop playing.

If the USA is so bad why do more than 1,000,000 people immigrate to it every year?

Hamiltion is qualified to do one thing - count to 8 forward and backward, He should stick to that.

 

Pages