Lewis Hamilton will most likely finish the season wearing his special rainbow flag helmet that won me the Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday. With the helmet, Hamilton wants to draw attention to the violation of human rights in countries such as Qatar and the lack of equality.
Earlier this week, Hamilton was very critical of Qatar, the oil state where the race was held for the first time this year. “I have the feeling that we are aware of the abuses in these kinds of places in the world. Qatar is one of the worst places in the world. I think it is important to draw attention to these kinds of things when we “Going to places like this for sporting purposes. These kinds of places should be strictly watched by the media. Equal rights are a serious issue,” Hamilton said at the start of the weekend.
Hamilton wants to answer
Despite the helmet’s sensitive message, the rainbow flag represents the LGBTQ+ community and Qatar has prison terms for homosexuality, Hamilton has not received any negative comments. “I know that certain situations are not perfect here and need to be touched upon. However, I hope someone steps forward and would like to know what they are going to do to better support the community, the LGBTQ+ community. I’m waiting for an answer,” he told Motorsport.com.
Hamilton may wear helmet for the rest of the season
Hamilton explains what is on his helmet and why it is so important. “We stand together on the back and love is love, it’s important to me personally to represent that community here,” the Qatar race winner said. After Qatar, they travel on to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Equal (human) rights are also a tricky issue there. “I will probably continue to use the same helmet design in the two races to come, or at least next week,” the Briton concluded.