Formula One drivers are looking to dig deep when the long-delayed season kicks off in Austria on Sunday.
“Some of the drivers have talked about it,” said McLaren driver Lando Norris. “If we are going to do it, it has to be something from the entire grill. It will be discussed after the drivers’ meeting with the Grand Prix Drivers Association on Friday. ”
The “Black Lives Matter” movement has received the support of footballers in Germany, Italy and England, kneeling before and during matches.
“We will do our best to demonstrate that we care and respect everyone,” said Norris. “We will do what is right when the time comes.”
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been one of the most active voices on “Black Lives Matter” and diversity issues in F1.
Like Hamilton, Norris will display the phrase “Stop Racism” on his car this season. The 20-year-old Briton recently urged his followers on social media to sign petitions after Hamilton criticized his colleagues for remaining silent on the matter.
“I want to be better than all the other drivers, but everyone should be given the same opportunity and be treated equally,” said Norris. “It is not fair that people receive different treatment because of their race.”
“This is a sport that is followed by millions of people,” he added. “Everything we can do as drivers, teams and as a community in Formula One, because the impact will be greater.”