Lewis Hamilton doesn’t feel comfortable racing in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Lewis Hamilton says he does not feel comfortable racing at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend, saying Formula One has a “binding obligation” to raise awareness of human concerns domestic rights.

Saudi Arabia will host its first F1 race this weekend at a new circuit in the coastal city of Jeddah.

The addition of race to the sport’s schedule has led to accusations of “cleansing sport” from human rights groups, which claim the event is being staged to distract attention from the domestic human rights abuses.

Hamilton, who also raised concerns about human rights during racing weekends in Bahrain and Qatar earlier this year, said he did not feel comfortable racing in Saudi Arabia.

“Like I said at the last race [in Qatar]”I feel that the sport and we have a responsibility to try to help raise awareness of some of the issues that we’ve seen, especially human rights in the countries we’re going to,” Hamilton said. speak. “With the highest respect for everyone that is here – so far I have received a warm welcome from everyone – I cannot pretend to be the most knowledgeable or knowledgeable. most profoundly about someone who has grown up in a community heavily influenced here by certain rules and regimes.

“Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say I do.

“But I don’t have to choose here, sport has made a choice here. Right or wrong, when we are here again, I feel it is important that we try to raise awareness. .”

Hamilton plans to wear the Pride of Progress flag design on his helmet at this weekend’s race to raise awareness of laws against same-sex relationships in Saudi Arabia, where Human rights organization Amnesty International reports that punishment is punishable by polishing and imprisonment.

“I will wear it here again and next race [in Abu Dhabi], because that’s a problem,” Hamilton added. And the law, if anyone wants to take the time to read the law for the LGBTQ+ community, that’s pretty scary. There are changes that need to be made.

“Those changes, such as women’s right to drive in 2018, are how they are controlled. Are they really in effect? ​​Why are some women still in prison for years of driving? There’s a lot of change that needs to happen and I think our sport needs to do more.”

The president of the Saudi Federation of Automobiles and Motorcycles, Prince Khalid bin Sultan al-Faisal, said he respected Hamilton’s decision to take his stance.

“It’s good to see people supporting what they believe in but at the same time we have our culture, our traditions,” he told Sky Sports. “We understand for someone with his background and background, I completely understand why he did it.

“I think he should do what he does. Whatever he supports and thinks is right for him, we respect his opinion.”

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