Tuscan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won't be punished for wearing Breonna Taylor shirt

  • Alex Batt

Lewis Hamilton will not be facing any punishment from the FIA for wearing a Breonna Taylor t-shirt at the Tuscan Grand Prix last weekend.

The Mercedes man donned the shirt before the race and also after the race whilst on the podium following his victory.

Due to the nature of the shirt and the political message behind it, there were reports suggesting that the governing body could look to punish the Brit, however, it’s now been confirmed that they will take no further action with regards to the incident.

Hamilton’s t-shirt, that certainly got the world talking, read: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

In the aftermath of the Grand Prix, the message received mixed reviews, with some standing with Hamilton in support of the American, who was brutally shot dead by police officers, while others stated that politics should be kept away from Formula 1 and the sport.

According to the Daily Mail’s report, the FIA confirmed that his gesture was ‘under active consideration,’ but after looking into the matter, decided not to charge him with breaching their statutes.

Despite taking the decision not to charge the Mercedes man, who is storming to his seventh Drivers’ Championship, the FIA will look to prevent such messages being broadcast in the future.


A spokesman for the governing body told Sportsmail: “There will be no further action. We will have a discussion with him and produce clarification (over podium protocol) in the next race director’s notes.”

Understandably, the FIA are keen to work alongside Hamilton and other drivers to stand up for such important matters, however, they are also keen to protect their status as a non-political organisation.

In terms of the F1 season, the drivers and constructors have a week break now, before they race again in Russia, which takes place on September 27.

After the Tuscan GP, Hamilton sits atop the Drivers’ Championship on 190, leading the way ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who sits on 135.

Max Verstappen makes up the top three on 110 points.

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