The FIA is investigating Lewis Hamilton for wearing a t-shirt which paid tribute to Breonna Taylor and demanded that the police officers who shot her dead earlier this year be jailed.
An FIA spokesperson was quoted as saying the matter is “under active consideration.”
Hamilton, who wore the t-shirt before and after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday, is likely to face a fine if the FIA determines that he did indeed break the rules.
The t-shirt Hamilton wore was emblazoned with “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”
Some fans took to Twitter to hit out at Formula One and accused the sport of “censoring” Hamilton’s message by not using a picture of him wearing the t-shirt on its post-race social media posts.
Ahead of the race, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the team is behind Hamilton in his quest to raise awareness and fight injustice.
“No question – it is entirely his decision. Whatever he does, we will support,” Wolff said.
“The team is fighting against any kind of racism and discrimination and it is Lewis’ personal fight for Black Lives Matter and with all the support we can give him. It’s his call.”
Mercedes opted to switch to a black livery for the 2020 Formula One season to express the team’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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