Formula 1 is preparing to return to Miami Grand Prix this weekend, with the start of track activities scheduled on Friday.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he will against the policy of the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, and revealed that he will wear the LGBTQIA+ flag on his helmet during the weekend in Miami.
“I did hear and have read about some of the decisions that have been made in government here and I do not agree with it and I do not support it,” Hamilton said.
“I really do continue to stand with the LGBTQ community and I’m wearing a rainbow flag on my helmet this weekend and I just really want to continue to support the community here and let them know I stand with them and I hope they continue to fight against it.” Hamilton added.
The state’s governor, conservative politician Ron DeSantis, in late March approved a law banning “discussions or instructions” about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.
Hamilton, F1’s only Black driver, regularly uses his platform to speak on issues of social justice and race, human rights and protection of the LBGTQ community.
It is not the first time that the seven-time champion has opted for the tribute, already used in the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
“It’s not the people of Miami that are making these decisions, it’s the people in government and that’s the issue. I think, hopefully, all I can do, the sport is going to be here whether I am or not,” Hamilton said.
“But the least I can do is just continue to be supportive and just being here and having that on my helmet, hopefully that speaks well to the subject.” he added.
The Miami Grand Prix takes place in the vicinity of Hard Rock Stadium, between May 5th and 7th.