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Mercedes send message to Hamilton after the driver hits out at fellow F1 drivers

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

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Mercedes Formula 1 team says it “stands with” Lewis Hamilton in his public condemnation of racial injustice.

Hamilton has criticised the Formula 1 community for “staying silent” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On his Instagram, the six-time champion said he is “one of the only people of colour yet I stand-alone”.

Mr Floyd died last Monday after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded: “I can’t breathe”.

The six-time world champion’s Mercedes team has also thrown its backing behind Hamilton.

“We stand with you, Lewis,” A Mercedes team statement read. “Tolerance is an elementary principle of our team and we are enriched by diversity in all its forms. We welcome and encourage people from all races, cultures, religions, philosophies and lifestyles, and condemn every form of discrimination as we work together to drive change forward. We are deeply saddened by the recent developments and hope for a de-escalation soon.”