The F1 people showed their solidarity in the fight for equality before the Austrian race. Most of the drivers knelt in the same way as Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 NFL.
Six of the drivers - Kimi Räikkönen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvjat and Max Verstappen - stood at the same time as the others knelt.
However, the setup was comparatively different from that of Kaepernick and other kneeling NFL players. The “expression for equality” took place before the national anthem, not during it. With his kneeling during the national anthem, Kaepernick protested against racism and, above all, police violence against the black minority in the United States.
- We are now holding a quiet moment, when everyone in their own way shows solidarity for equality and equal opportunities, the track announcer said before kneeling.
- I believe that what matters is our facts and behavior in our daily lives, rather than gestures that can be seen as controversial in some countries. I’m not going to kneel, but this by no means means I’m less committed to the fight against racism, ”Leclerc wrote on his Twitter account.