‘When we see injustice, it is important to stand against it,” Lewis Hamilton issues a strong statement in support of Ukrainian citizens
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The seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has spoken up for the Ukrainians in an Instagram story. He posted the story once the pre-season testing in Barcelona got over. The driver’s support comes after Russia attacked its neighbor Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
Lewis Hamilton has used his voice of influence for social causes. The driver has been vocal about various issues in the past including human and animals rights, cyber-bullying, and racism. This time he draws attention to his support message for Ukraine.
Formula One, following the attack on Ukraine, has called off the Russian GP, which was due to be held in September 2022. F1, FIA, and the teams after a meeting reached this conclusion. Earlier, on the second day of pre-season testing, Sebastian Vettel had spoken against the attack and announced that he won’t race in Russia. Max Verstappen followed the German driver and said, “When a country is at war, it is not right to race there.”
Lewis Hamilton’s statement of support
Lewis Hamilton’s story read as follows: “When we see injustice it is important we stand against it. My heart goes out to all the courageous people of Ukraine who are facing such terrible attacks for simply choosing a better future and I stand with the many Russian citizens who oppose this violence and seek peace, often at risk to their own freedom. Please stay safe everyone. We are praying for you.”
Lewis Hamilton extends his message for those Russians too, who stand against the war, as massive anti-war protests were seen in many parts of Russia. So far, not many drivers have spoken up on the happenings in Ukraine. The Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin, decided to not speak for the Ukrainians as his family is believed to have close relations with the Kremlin.