Lewis Hamilton MISSES line-up of Formula One drivers taking the knee

Lewis Hamilton MISSES Formula One’s anti-racism display before the Italian Grand Prix as he’s caught running late to take the knee – leaving a hole in the line-up of drivers

  • Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was late to the anti-racism message
  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was also not present as drivers took the knee
  • The line-up in opposition to racism has been customary this year before a race 
  • Hamilton has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement  

Lewis Hamilton was mysteriously missing from the line-up of Formula One drivers taking the knee before the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. 

Mercedes driver Hamilton, as well as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, were late to the anti-racism message before the start of the race. Sportsmail have contacted Mercedes for comment. 

As has become customary before the start of a race this season, drivers have gathered in opposition to racism. But at Monza on Sunday, six-time world champion Hamilton was nowhere to be seen in his usual position at the front of the pack, as he was seemingly running late.

Lewis Hamilton was mysteriously missing from the line-up of F1 drivers taking the knee

The TV footage showed a gaping hole at the front of the line-up, usually occupied by Hamilton

Hamilton was caught running late but did show up for the rest of the anti-racism display 

But Hamilton, who has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement ever since it rose to global prominence following the death of George Floyd in May, did show up for the rest of the anti-racism display, as did Vettel.  

Before the race, Hamilton again wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt as he continues to lead the way for change in the sport. 

Hamilton has used his platforms to condemn racial injustice with incidents such as the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and more recently the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Hamilton has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement this year

Hamilton has criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

Back in June Hamilton gave his full support to protesters in Bristol who pulled down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, before throwing it into the harbour. 

The 35-year-old most recently revealed the emotional toll 2020 has taken on him so far, with the Mercedes driver confessing he is ‘feeling a lot of weight’ on his heart. 

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who was widely known for playing the role of superhero Black Panther, ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix hit Hamilton hard as he ‘broke down’ before pulling it together to win the race in his honour. 

Lewis Hamilton revealed he is ‘feeling a lot of weight’ on his heart as he processes the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who he dedicated his Belgian Grand Prix win to

Hamilton described Boseman as a man who ‘moved a generation’ and the six-time champion’s pain is the latest hurdle he has been forced to overcome in an emotionally exhausting few months.   

However, missing the start of the anti-racism formation did not effect Hamilton, as he cruised into a comfortable lead at the start of the Italian Grand Prix. 

Vettel, meanwhile, crashed out on lap eight as he dramatically smashed through a set of barriers on turn one.  




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