Motor racing’s governing body, the FIA, is looking into whether Lewis Hamilton broke rules at the Tuscan Grand Prix by wearing a t-shirt protesting the death of Breonna Taylor.

On Monday an FIA spokesperson told the BBC it is a non-political organisation and the matter is « under active consideration ».

Taylor, a Black woman, was fatally shot March 13 when police officers burst into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. She was 26.

Ahead of Sunday’s F1 race at Mugello, Hamilton wore a shirt which said: « arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor » on the front and « say her name » alongside her picture on the back. He wore the shirt to the podium after winning the race.

To conclude his post-race TV interview after stepping out of his car, he said: « Justice for Breonna Taylor ».

Mercedes responded to criticism Hamilton had been bringing politics into sport on its social media channels.

One reply from the world champions said: « We’re not bringing politics into F1, these are human rights issues that we are trying to highlight and raise awareness of. There’s a big difference. »

Until Mugello, Hamilton had worn a shirt saying « Black Lives Matter » at F1’s ‘end racism’ demonstration, held before every race. F1 allows its drivers to show their commitment to the anti-racism message in however they see fit in that segment of time ahead of the event.

Hamilton explained why he wore the shirt after the race.

« I’ve been wanting to bring awareness to the fact there are people being killed on the street. » Hamilton said. « And someone was killed in her own house and they were in the wrong house and those guys are still walking free. »


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