Lewis Hamilton made a statement at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
Despite his disappointing car result, the 36-year-old proudly wore a black t-shirt to support the late George Floyd.
His t-shirt had the words “George Floyd – Say his name” on the back, Lewis associating it with black running gear.
World scene: Lewis Hamilton was sure to make an important statement at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday
He removed his braids from his face, adding dark undertones and a facial mask to the look.
Hamilton finished the race in seventh place, with Max Verstappen taking the championship lead from him after the Dutchman dominated from start to finish to win.
After the race, Hamilton criticized Mercedes’ pit-stop strategy, but vowed that he and his team would do their best behind the scenes to bounce back.
An early pit stop backfired on Hamilton and Mercedes, losing them on the track on a street circuit where overtaking is incredibly difficult.
Statement: Despite his disappointing result at the auto event, the 36-year-old proudly wore a black t-shirt in support of the late George Floyd.
Support: His t-shirt had the words “George Floyd – Say his name” on the back, Lewis associating it with black running gear
Say his name: he swept his dreadlocks off his face, adding dark undertones and a face mask to the look
“It cost me three places,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “I don’t really have a reaction to that, I think we are all talking in the background and we will work together and try to come out of this stronger.
“We’ve been underperforming as a team all weekend, right from the start, so we’ll just focus on the next race. Kudos to Max and his team, they did a great job.
The next race will take place on June 6 in Azerbaijan around the Baku Street Circuit, a stop on the F1 calendar that was missed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Victory: Max Verstappen and Red Bull now lead the standings after the Dutchman’s victory in Monaco
Hamilton’s decision to wear the statement shirt comes the day after President Joe Biden announced he will welcome George Floyd’s family to the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the murder of the black security guard at the hands cops.
The news was confirmed by a White House official on Saturday, although they did not reveal which family members would be traveling to Washington, DC for the event.
Floyd died on May 25 of last year after being arrested by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd passed out.
Last month, Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
News: Hamilton’s decision to wear the statement shirt comes the day after President Joe Biden announced he will welcome George Floyd’s family to the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the murder of the black security guard in the hands of the cops
Joe Biden met George Floyd’s family in Houston last June: Left to right: Congressman Cedric Richmond, Reverend Al Sharpton, Joe Biden, lawyer Ben Crump and Roger Floyd, George Floyd’s uncle
Biden – who has met members of Floyd’s family before – praised the jury’s verdict last month.
He spoke on the phone with some of Floyd’s relatives after the verdict, saying, “You are an amazing family. I wish I had been there – just [to] put my arms around you ”.
He added, “We watched every second of it, and the vice president, all of us. We were all so relieved, not just one verdict, but all three.
“Nothing is going to improve things. But at least, my God, there is now a little justice.
Tragic: Floyd died on May 28 last year after being arrested by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit ticket
Biden met Floyd’s uncle, Roger, and Floyd’s young daughter, Gianna, on a trip to Houston last June.
“It’s an amazing family, his little girl was there, the one who said ‘daddy is going to change the world’, and I think her daddy is going to change the world,” he said after the meeting.
“I think what happened here is one of the big inflection points in American history, for real, in terms of civil liberties, civil rights and just treating people with dignity. ”
He also appeared by videoconference at Floyd’s funeral and vowed that the security officer’s death would not be in vain.
Tragic:. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd lost consciousness