Hamilton will not stop fighting for justice in Britain after the Formula One championship was delayed by racist abuse, the driver said Friday.
The governing International Automobile Federation has decided not to investigate the behavior of drivers after they drove on and made no complaints about Max Verstappen driving at last weekend’s final race in Abu Dhabi.
“I won’t stop,” Hamilton said. “It takes a lot to make me feel alive but to be attacked in this way over the course of two weeks, I’ll stand up for that no matter what it takes. We are out there to run races and to race people and make them happy. That’s our mission: to make our sport more diverse and create a better world.”
He added: “I was born and brought up in the West Midlands, a borough, not in a town, and I never considered myself an urban person until I found the racing community.”
As well as Verstappen, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton and France’s Esteban Ocon have both come under fire for not protesting to stewards after the Netherlands driver gave him some ‘like’ sign as they prepared to head into the first corner.
The FIA said on Friday that it “reiterates its commitment to the FIA Code of Conduct and to protecting all FIA stakeholders”.
“The FIA takes seriously all complaints made to the F1 Technical Department and to the FIA Grand Prix Review Board regarding any rule violation or in relation to or in relation to driving behavior,” the statement said.
The code states that “whenever there is sufficient evidence that any driver or team member has violated the Code of Conduct, a complaint should be made to the FIA Grand Prix Review Board, which will be comprised of an independent chairman with wide-ranging powers to investigate.”
European police have said that they are investigating Max Verstappen for inciting racial hatred over a race-day gesture.
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