Former Renault, Lotus and Caterham drivers Vitaly Petrov spoke ahead of this year’s Russian Grand Prix over the activism of Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One anti-racist campaign.
“I think the Black Lives Matter T-shirt is superfluous, as is the fact that it calls everyone to kneel. This is everyone’s private affair. I don’t even understand kneeling, because in our culture we only kneel in two cases: to the church before God and when we ask for the hand of our chosen one, ”he told the Russian Championship.
“What if one of the contestants announces that he is gay? Will they wave a rainbow flag and encourage everyone to be gay? ” He continued.
Petrov will be an expo member of the four-person judging panel at the Portuguese Grand Prix over the weekend – on Thursday’s press day, of course, Lewis Hamilton was asked what he thought of it in light of his former rival’s statement.
“I haven’t read these before, but now I’m dead. So yes, I can say that it is a surprise to me that they employ someone who thinks this way and stands so openly for the things we want to fight, ”he referred to F1’s“ We Race As One ”campaign for diversity, equality and inclusion.
“But ask those who chose him about this, I can’t do much about it.”
“But it is certain that people should be employed who are advancing with age, understand the spirit of the age and are sensitive to such matters. So I don’t really understand what the goal was, why he’s here when we’re not short of opportunities, ”he continued.