by Aggregator July 3, 2020, 6:18 am 190 Views
Lewis Hamilton will wear a Black Lives Matter tribute race helmet as he attempts to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world championships this year.
Hamilton, the only Black driver in F1’s history, unveiled the new helmet, carrying a predominantly black design with a tinge of purple, ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. The traditional slogan he has carried on the back of the helmet in recent seasons, “Still I Rise”, has been tweaked to “Still We Rise”.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team has already changed it’s 2020 car’s livery to all black, a move away from its traditional silver, as part of a public pledge to improve diversity within its team and the sport itself. Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas will also wear all black race suits for the new season.
Speaking on his social media channels, Hamilton pointed to the Black Lives Matter logo on the top and said: “This is the whole reason that the helmet has changed colour, my suit has and also the car, it’s supporting equality above all and just really trying to solidify that support that message.”