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Lewis Hamilton could take the knee at this weekend's US Grand Prix following the large scale protest by NFL players. 

FIA mandates that all drivers must gather for the host nation's national anthem prior to the start of each race.

However, there is a feeling that during Sunday's race in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, F1 drivers could follow suit after examples set forth by top sports stars when the Star-Spangled Banner is played. 

US GP promoter Bobby Epstein tried to dodge the question when asked about the possibility of a similar protest, saying: "My job is to put on the event and make it great for the fans."

Asked whether he had an idea as to how the crowd would react if Hamilton was to take a knee, Epstein added: "I think you'll have to leave that to Formula One and to Lewis Hamilton to figure out."

The latest to take the knee in Austin were high school cheerleaders with the permission of their parents with pictures being circulated around the globe. 

Odds on whether Hamilton will take the knee are at 66/1. 

Colin Kaepernick, NFL player, first created this stance last year as a sign of protest against racial injustice which eventually became an iconic stance. 

Kaepernick explained his decision: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color.

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"To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street, and people getting paid leave, and getting away with murder."

Several players have followed in his footsteps since with protests spreading further after criticism from US President Donald Trump. 

This issue has created a divide among NFL fans with some claiming that it is disrespectful to the American flag. 

Although, these displays have brought several racial issues to the light especially that of police brutality in the country. 

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Several videos have surfaced over the last couple of years which show officers shooting and killing unarmed black men. 

However, these clips provide just a glimpse of the widespread injustice black people in the US have to face on a daily basis but significantly highlight the problem. 

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