‘I’ve not heard a word from them’: Lewis Hamilton takes swipe at rivals Ferrari in the fight against racism after Charles Leclerc refused to take the knee ahead of Styrian Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton was less-than-impressed with Ferrari’s fight against racism
- The Mercedes ace spoke out against the Italian team after the Styrian Grand Prix
- He called for greater unity among teams on the grid and aimed his jibe at Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton turned his ire on Ferrari on Sunday night for failing to fight racism.
Hamilton complained: ‘No other team has said a single thing about racism. We’ve seem Red Bull’s mechanics take a knee, which is great.
Lewis Hamilton took a swipe at Ferrari as part of the fight against racism in motorsport
Sebastian Vettel (front, second left) took a knee but his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc (back, far left) once again chose against taking a knee in the pre-race ceremony in Austria
Hamilton went on to win the Styrian Grand Prix before taking aim at one of his rival teams
‘But you look at Ferrari, who have thousands of people working for them, and I’ve not heard a word from them saying they hold themselves accountable.
‘We need them to do that. Everyone needs to pull together.’
Leclerc is one of six drivers who has so far declined to take a knee, saying he prefers to express his views purely by wearing an ‘End Racism’ t-shirt.
Hamilton (middle) took a knee ahead of the first race and has been a voice driving change
Ferrari’s day was already a disaster before Hamilton’s comments as Vettel suffered serious rear-wing damage on the first lap following a collision with Leclerc and he had to retire
Before last week’s Austrian Grand Prix, Leclerc, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz chose not to take a knee.
Ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix, Leclerc, Verstappen, Raikkonen and Kvyat again decided not to take a knee.
The 22-year-old was responsible for crashing into Vettel on Sunday at the third corner of the race. He tried to nose his way through on the third corner, but caught the kerb and rode the back of the German’s car.
Both of them retired almost immediately as a result of the damage.
Leclerc rightly accepted responsibility, saying: ‘I apologised. Excuses are not enough in times like this and I’m just disappointed in myself.’
Leclerc apologised for the collision and it eventually saw both cars forced into retirement