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Lewis Hamilton has been hailed by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok after using his platform to condemn racism.
Hamilton is supporting anti-racism protests across the world via social media. The 35-year-old is the figurehead of the sport and this week has received the backing of F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn for speaking out.
Chandhok has now hailed Hamilton for throwing his weight behind the activism. He’s explained why he believes the Mercedes star was right to put pressure on his fellow drivers.
“I think he was absolutely right to go to the forefront and say things publicly,” said Chandhok, during an appearance on The F1 Show on Sky Sports News. “But I also think he was right to call out the rest of the paddock and the rest of the sport. I spoke with a number of people within the sport who felt it was a bit unfair because they didn’t believe they were racist and thought he was making generalisations – but I think they missed the point.
“Lewis’ point seemed to be that it’s not enough to be non-racist, he’s calling for people within the sport to be actively anti-racist. He was right. Those, like drivers, who have a lot of followers on social media, need to be actively speaking up to raise awareness of racial biases which do exist and to make the wider world look for signs in everyday life. Ross mentioned on our show that Lewis is an excellent ambassador for the sport, something I agree with, and I thought this was another clear sign of that.”