Lewis Hamilton reveals what FIA president told him in private chat at Azerbaijan GP

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LEWIS HAMILTON was noticed talking to Mohammed Ben Sulayem earlier than the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton reveals what FIA president told him in private chat at Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton reveals what FIA president advised him in non-public chat at Azerbaijan GP (Picture: SKY SPORTS/GETTY)

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed what FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem advised him on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the pair had been noticed having a personal chat pre-race. Hamilton vowed this weekend to keep up his activism on System One’s points away from the observe after Ben Sulayem questioned the purpose of drivers talking out on non-sporting issues.

Requested by Sky Sports activities F1 post-race what Ben Sulayem mentioned to him, Hamilton declared: “I do not actually keep in mind that far again actually. I believe he mentioned, ‘Simply do not lose hope.’ I believe that is what he was saying, ‘Do not quit.’ Or one thing like that.”

Ben Sulayem was seemingly referencing Mercedes’ efficiency points this season. However the FIA president just lately described F1 as “too political” and name-dropped Hamilton for his feedback on human rights points in addition to Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris, who’ve supported the LGBTQ+ group and better dialogue round psychological well being.

The FIA president, in his first season within the function, claimed drivers within the sport’s earlier eras equivalent to Niki Lauda had been “solely desirous about driving”. However Hamilton insisted: “I am conscious that generally issues I’ve mentioned have been taken out of context, so I need to give that… that perhaps has occurred? I do not know.

Lewis Hamilton reveals what FIA president told him in private chat at Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton reveals what FIA president advised him in non-public chat at Azerbaijan GP (Picture: GETTY)

“I heard that he clarified issues on social media which is constructive. That does not cease us from doing what we’re doing. I encourage the entire drivers to be extra outspoken in future and discuss issues they care about. I am proud to see what Seb does and to be an ally of his.”

Vettel declared: “The subjects that Lewis is constant to boost, the problems Lando has been speaking about, and the stuff that I have been mentioning, I really feel they’re subjects which are crucial to be addressed and they’re greater than us, greater than the game can ever be. So it is very important point out these, to specific these and to boost consciousness, to make folks conscious there are many issues we will enhance on.”

Vettel had earlier mentioned in an interview with LGBTQ publication Perspective Journal that F1 should “politely however firmly rise up for what’s necessary” so as to have “a constructive impression” on international locations that don’t help LGBTQ rights. He added: “Values and rules cannot cease at borders.”

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Ben Sulayem since clarified his stance on Twitter and wrote: “As a driver, I’ve at all times believed in sport as a catalyst of progress in society. That’s the reason selling sustainability, range and inclusion is a key precedence of my mandate. In the identical means, I worth the dedication of all drivers and champions for a greater future.”

Sky Sports activities’ Craig Slater reported, with Ben Sulayem’s interview being launched throughout Satisfaction Month: “They appear to have come at an unlucky time, these feedback. The FIA have advised me under no circumstances does the FIA president want to shut down the activism of drivers.

“They mentioned he was voicing a private opinion because the regulator of the game. For him, when it comes to messaging, the game ought to come first. However he was additionally attempting to clarify that his organisation, the one which he leads, he believes is aligned with these causes to make the game extra various – when it comes to having a form of neutrality over ethnicity, a mixture of religions.”


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