Lewis Hamilton plans to wear the rainbow helmet he wears in Qatar in the remaining races in the Middle East.
On Friday, Hamilton showed his special helmet for the Qatar Grand Prix. The seven-time world champion stepped in with his now famous purple helmet, but it was now paired with the rainbow colors to support the LGBTI community. Amnesty International called the human rights situation in Qatar, but also in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “extremely disturbing”. Hamilton plans to wear the rainbow helmet in those countries as well.
“I will probably continue to use the same helmet for the last two races, or at least for the next race,” said Hamilton. “I am not aware of any comments or negative feedback on the helmet. On the back it says ‘we stand together‘ and ‘love is love‘. It’s important to me to represent that community here because I know there are several situations that aren’t perfect and need to be addressed.”
“But I hope someone gets in touch, I’d like to know what’s going on here and what they’re doing to help that LGBTI community more, I’m waiting to hear about it,” said the Brit.
On Thursday, Hamilton already announced that Formula 1 should do more to address the human rights situations in the countries where it races. “When you go to these kinds of countries as a sport, you have a duty to raise awareness for these issues. These places need to be scrutinized and the media needs to talk about it. Equal rights are a serious problem,” said the Mercedes driver.