F1 has held a proper demonstration for its anti-racism messaging at races for the reason that British Grand Prix in July, giving drivers the chance to take a knee or make different gestures on the entrance of the grid.
Hamilton – F1’s solely black driver – has been the main determine within the collection over its anti-racism messaging, however was absent from the demonstration forward of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel additionally didn’t attend the demonstration, leaving two empty spots among the many drivers forward of the nationwide anthems.
Hamilton joined the drivers to face for the anthem, sporting a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt as he has finished at earlier races.
Hamilton defined after the race that he solely missed the demonstration because of a timing mix-up, having returned to the Mercedes storage to finish his ultimate preparations.
“[It was] just timing,” Hamilton mentioned.
“My garage is the furthest away. I took the scooter back, and just basically ran out of time. I thought I left to come back in time – usually I’m guided of when to leave.
“I left when I was told to leave the garage, to come back, but by the time I came back, everyone had already taken the knee.
“[I] definitely missed it, but it’s not the end of the world.
“I got to see that my team continued to take the knee, which is great. We’ll just try and do better with timing next time.
“Perhaps I won’t go all the way back to my garage when it’s that far away. In the past, there is usually another toilet somewhere closer.”
F1 added an additional 10 minutes to its pre-race scheduling from the British Grand Prix onwards to offer drivers extra time to partake within the anti-racism demonstration following criticism from many on the grid.