The FIA is investigating whether Lewis Hamilton’s t-shirt highlighting the shooting of Breonna Taylor, which he wore before and after his win at the Tuscan GP broke rules.
A spokesman for the governing body, FIA, said the case was “under active consideration“.
The six-time F1 champion wore the top on the podium as he received his winner’s trophy and ended his immediate post-race interview by saying: “Justice for Breonna Taylor.”
Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old medical worker who was shot and killed by plain-clothes police officers raiding her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
On the front of Hamilton’s shirt were the words “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” while the back contained her picture below the words “say her name.”
Hamilton wore the T-shirt for the first time ahead of the race when he again took a knee, as F1 drivers gathered in their anti-racism ceremony.
Hamilton, speaking in subsequent interviews, says: “It took me a long time to get that shirt and I’ve been wanting to wear that and bring awareness to the fact that there’s people that have been killed on the street and there’s someone that got killed in her own house, and they’re in the wrong house, and those guys are still walking free.
“We can’t rest, we can’t… we have to continue to raise awareness with it.”
Hamilton was the latest sportsperson to highlight Taylor’s fate. NBA players dedicated post-game interviews to Taylor earlier this year while in the WNBA, jerseys have featured the names of women, such as Taylor, who have been killed by alleged police or racial violence.
Tennis player Naomi Osaka, meanwhile, wore a face mask with Taylor’s name on before her first-round match at the US Open and went on to reveal six more masks with six other Black American victims’ names on as she progressed to the final – which she won.
“We have to continue to raise awareness with it and Naomi has been doing amazing, so huge congratulations to her,” says Hamilton.
“I think she’s an incredible inspiration with what she’s done with her platform. I think we just have to continue to push on the issue.”
Hamilton has lent his voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for lasting change both inside F1 and society at large.
He performed the Black Power salute on the podium after winning the Styrian GP in July and is also currently establishing a commission to understand how to widen opportunities for all in motorsport.