British driver Lewis Hamilton reduced Max Verstappen’s lead in the Formula 1 title race by winning the Qatar Grand Prix and even attracted attention by racing with a helmet painted with the colors of the LGBTQIA+ flag, right in a territory where same-sex relationships are prohibited.
No UOL News Sport, Fábio Seixas draws attention to the pilot’s act and how he has also been an important voice for the sport as a whole outside the tracks, taking up flags in defense of minorities and human rights.
“Hamilton’s attitudes are very important for the sport and it’s not just talking about Formula 1, I think it goes beyond Formula 1, the world sport, Hamilton today is one of the main names, he is one of the main voices in defense of rights He ran in Qatar wearing a helmet in the colors of the LGBTQIA+ movement, in a country where same-sex relationships are prohibited, with sentences ranging from imprisonment to the death penalty. “, says Seixas.
“Hamilton took it, painted the helmet like this and he said he had been thinking about it for a few months, what he would do in relation to the last three races of the year, because in Saudi Arabia we know he is one of the biggest human rights violators in the world and then Abu Dhabi, which is also there on the list and Hamilton will probably race with that very same helmet or will pay some other tribute, but he won’t shut up,” he adds.
The journalist says that it is very emblematic and a slap in the face for those who chase homosexuals that a driver like Lewis Hamilton wins a race in the country with a helmet in the colors of the rainbow.
“It’s emblematic that a guy with that helmet has won the race in Qatar, I think it’s a slap in the face of someone in Qatar, who all over the world defends persecution and is bothered by love between people of the same sex”, he concludes. .