The FIA has announced that as per their We Race As One initiative, drivers are free to take a knee or any other type of support before races in the 2021 season. Last season, the majority of the drivers took a knee along with world champion Lewis Hamilton to show their solidarity against racism.
“The whole of Formula 1 is united in its support for WeRaceAsOne and the drivers will all show their own support for the initiative ahead of the Grand Prix,” said a Formula 1 spokesperson. “The drivers will be free to show their commitment in their own way before the race and there will be no requirement for them to make a specific gesture.”
All the drivers on the grid met with new F1 boss Stefano Domenicali to discuss the ceremony before the races. Targets for the second year of the We Race As One initiative have been set focussing on the three areas of society. Hamilton who has been the leader of calls to improve the diversity in the sport is hoping that this is the year where tangible action will take place.
“What’s really important is to make sure that we are actually delivering and taking action,” Hamilton said. “I’m really proud of my team here and I’m already seeing steps that we started taking last year, particularly towards the end of the year and starting to see that progress little by little. It takes one step at a time, of course.”