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Hamilton on Saudi Arabia: We don't need a boycott but we need to encourage change [poll]

Ante Vetma

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After winning his seventh world title last weekend, Lewis Hamilton told everyone that in the future he will call even harder for diversity in the sport, and that it means as much to him as the success he achieves on the track.

“It has motivated me all this year. You can see from my rides that I have a new fire in me. ”

"I won the championship, but there is another big victory waiting for us - but we will all need to participate together."

However, his call for change was ignored by the Formula 1 leadership, which announced that next year we will witness the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a country that is miles away from the civilization that the West knows. Hamilton did not mention that race specifically, but said:

“A lot of organizations in the world turn their heads to the things that are happening and claim that these are political topics. Human rights are not a political issue. Human rights should be the same for everyone, and yet we are going to all those countries where this is a problem. ”

Saudi Arabia is not the first country where human rights are an awkward topic, given that Formula 1 has already hosted and regularly visits China and Bahrain.

While some are calling for a boycott, Hamilton sees going to those countries as an opportunity to raise awareness of the problems:

"We must not boycott those areas. We need to understand how to become more active, how we can use this platform to drive change. ”

Will you boycott the Saudi Arabian GP?

  • I do not know (9%, 85 votes)
  • Ne (75%, 742 votes)
  • Da (17%, 167 votes)

Total votes: 994

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36 comments

  1. Ferrari Boris_CRO Show

    I don't need to boycott anything. This should be boycotted by Hamilton and the rest of the neoliberal nazi fighters known as "social justice warriors." Let him now kneel on himself because he has always been a hypocrite. A loud crying hypocrite.



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  2. Mclaren Fittipaldi Show

    I’m glad to see athletes like Lewis and Marcus Rashford for example use their fame to make the world around them at least a little better place than they found it.

    Too bad many fans appreciate Kimi’s drunkenness and Hunt’s orgy with sponsors more than these things related to human rights and social activism, but everyone has their own priorities



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    • Tag Heuer Ante Maras journalist Show

      We don’t appreciate Hunt and Kimi because they orgy and get drunk, but because they’re their own and don’t play something that isn’t because of some external and internal needs and interests like Lewis Hamilton and many others.

      PS Rashford's initiative is absolutely great and big 👍🏻 from me for him.



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      • Mclaren Fittipaldi Show

        “Being your own” is more desirable and important than Marcus ’school meals for children in Britain or Lewis’ human rights engagement in Saudi Arabia where 37 people were decapitated in just one week last year?

        I’m going to eat one ice cream in the name of the legendary Iceman.



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        • Michael Schumacher VRSV546 Show

          Hamilton, everything she did was a story, nothing concrete was done, can people stop driving diesels, am I a fighter against global warming right away if I still drive a six-wheeler and start it before getting into a warm car?



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        • Formula1 f1zd Show

          What specifically did Lewis do for Saudi Arabia? I'm serious, maybe I missed it.

          Yes, the story on Instagram doesn't count…



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        • Lewis Hamilton smr201 Show

          @VRSV
          When you ask
          https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/29854785/hamilton-no-longer-drives-super-cars-only-electric

          @ f1zd
          They announced a couple of weeks ago just to go there, what was he supposed to do at that time for you? Please explain to me.



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        • Mclaren Fittipaldi Show

          @flzd

          Literally in the title you write his statement - we must encourage change, which started his activism related to this new topic and commitment to change.

          And that’s, for starters, more than all the other 19 drivers combined, along with the F1 leadership who only adore petrodollars and don’t care to drive down the track while beheading, whipping and electroshocking political dissidents.

          Lewis ’platform is fame, a large number of followers based on which it opens up new topics and draws their attention to the issue. Later, the massive reaction of ordinary people prompted politicians to take action. That is your school definition of social change.



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        • Formula1 f1zd Show

          @smr
          I am quoting a colleague @Fittipaldija
          “Being your own” is more desirable and important than Marcus ’school meals for children in Britain or [B] Lewis’ human rights engagement in Saudi Arabia [/ B] where 37 people were decapitated in just one week last year?

          @fittipaldi
          I shit, I'm sorry for the expression, when I hear someone start a sentence in the plural. "We have to make changes, we need a boycott, we have to end wars…"
          Who are we? These are nonsense for children and pointless PR statements. Just like Adidas and Nike support all those SJW pranks, but they don’t mention their factories in SE Asia. Or when in June Playstation Europe, America, Australia changes the colors of its twitter to the colors of the rainbow flag, but PS Middle east does not change. They don't support change there?



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        • Michael Schumacher VRSV546 Show

          The concrete change is that he started driving full el. Is it a move worth saving the world, find (because I may not know) some donation proper for blm or pollution or for the hungry (. I don't know anyone while planting flaws, an example with a much lower salary than Hamilton doesn't cause any changes and he built a school and a hospital in his country and he doesn't brag about it… One balotteli donates more than Hamilton earns 30x less and keeps his mouth shut again



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        • Susie Wolff Har Kl Donator Show

          @ f1zd

          What specifically did Lewis do for Saudi Arabia?

          He cannot change Saudi Arabia until it changes itself.
          That his word will change it will not, but whether his words will encourage change we will see in about 20 years.
          It may have the opposite effect… To me the general call for equality sounds positive and I have no problems with people using their influence and money in that field.

          And I don’t know why everyone got caught up in Saudi Arabia, when for years we have races in Bahrain, UAE, China and Russia where human rights are being violated equally? Next to them are France (which, however, does not violate human rights in France, but does so in the colonies), the United States and Brazil.



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        • F1puls Portal Ante Vetma editor in chief Show

          And I don’t know why everyone got caught up in Saudi Arabia, when for years we have races in Bahrain, UAE, China and Russia where human rights are being violated equally?

          Not even close. This kind of relativization can only be promoted by someone who has no idea what he is talking about or someone who has a strange motive.

          But yes, it is not surprising that F1 is going to Arabia because they have already squinted at the situation in Bahrain, for example, so why not at this completely new level of uncivilization. We race as one is a stupid cheap pamphlet that is smoked by maybe some naive driver and fan, but it is well known what reigns there and what the wheel spins.



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        • Susie Wolff Har Kl Donator Show

          Are we talking about trampling on human rights?
          And you claim that China is far from Saudi Arabia?
          Probably to the point of motive.



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        • Bernie Ecclestone Dani Donator Show

          Number of executions in the world:
          Country Number
          China 1,000s * see above
          Pakistan 632+
          Egypt 435+
          Bangladesh 220+
          India 102+
          Zambia 101
          We see that democratic China is flourishing from liberal freedoms and human rights.



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        • F1puls Portal Ante Vetma editor in chief Show

          @Dani: Sometimes it’s better not to research at all than to do it so superficially. Btw no one has even said that China is flourishing from liberal freedoms and human rights. I said that SA is on a completely different level.



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        • Susie Wolff Har Kl Donator Show

          @avetma. late I saw you edit because I tried to find one table, which shows human rights violations in countries that host F1 races.
          I saw it a month ago on reddit and it’s a shame I didn’t share it on the forum.

          Overall, Saudi Arabia is at the top with a score of 4, China is next on the list. I'm not sure about the rating, let's say that 3. Countries like the UAE, Bahrain and Russia (maybe even Brazil) are rated with 3 (etc.
          I would be quite surprised at what that list looks like. If they boycotted all the states that got ratings more than 0 and 1 I think they would have to boycott more than 50% of the races.

          Primarily, F1 is not made as a platform that advocates absolute equality for all. It was created as a platform that makes money. And it should be clear to everyone that this is the reason F1 went to Saudi Arabia.

          We race as one is a new initiative in F1 and I don't see anything controversial in promoting it in those countries.
          Who knows, maybe because of this initiative, women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to walk without a headscarf.
          Because we also have women in F1 teams. I guess that’s going to be a problem, we’ll see how it all ends.



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        • Bernie Ecclestone Dani Donator Show

          @ante it's not my problem that you don't like the fact, it's yours. Spinning has become your modus operandi. And here's why:
          A typical list of our most important freedoms is the following:
          Freedom of expression (including free speech and freedom of the press)
          Freedom of association (including freedom of religion, freedom of movement, and freedom of assembly)
          A fair legal system (including equality before the law, and freedom from arbitrary arrest)
          Freedom from arbitrary seizure of property
          Free economic activity.
          As we can see, China is no better than Saudi Arabia. You think so? Ask the Uighurs and Tibetans.



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        • F1puls Portal Ante Vetma editor in chief Show

          My problem is that I'm getting into a discussion, you're right there :)



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        • Michael Schumacher VRSV546 Show

          We race as one supports and in that way have an impact on Saudi Arabia,
          It's as if I'm reviewing Plenka and Milanovic, don't rob the people, and the next day here I am, they hired me as an advisor to hepa and shareholders of the post office


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    • Charles Leclerc 16 Catta Show

      The fact that you put Hamilton and Rashford in the same category proves that you have no idea what you are talking about.

      One helps people with deeds, while the other helps through instagram stories.



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      • Mclaren Fittipaldi Show

        Lie.

        Lewis is involved in dozens of humanitarian actions in which he has donated millions. Have we already forgotten the latest £ 4m he donated this year to help with Australian fires? Nice.

        As for Black Lives Matter, it is a social movement, based on protests and so-called "raising awareness", for which Lewis is ideal because he reaches an incredible number of people who follow and watch him and these messages have a strong signal.

        This is fun for me. The same things were said to Ali when he introduced the political and social issues of African Americans to boxing - this is a sport, it has no place here, you are hypocritical because you are rich and privileged, it is all self-promotion, blah blah.

        Nothing has changed. You mention human rights and you become hated. We have been following the same pattern for decades.



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        • The very fact that you know who donated and how much is self-promotion. Let's say it's hypocritical to refer to kimi as drunkenness and a man also helps the needy but he's such a guy that he doesn't give it all the bells and doesn't want to be known
          Otherwise, real humanitarian donors want to remain anonymous. Stories like this are just for one thing and that is irrefutable-Money.



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    • Pastor Maldonado vlado Donator Show

      I think it should be borne in mind that the true change is evidence from SA society.
      It should be respected no matter how unacceptable it is today, for us.

      They are already on the right track.
      They have a long and difficult road ahead of them. But they are on it.
      The change started even earlier.
      Mostly in the higher circles of society, they relented.
      The very fact that f1 is hosted speaks volumes about that.
      Forcing can only have a counter effect.
      The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

      Maybe LH is my target now.
      But I really wonder if he will have any performance in SA next year?
      Probably not.
      It can be seen through this statement that he has a team around him that is not so stupid after all. (probably a ban on entering the country)
      But if it was only from him then I would expect a boycott.

      I think the greater responsibility is on us than on activists like him.
      The Filipinos and the team from Africa are already doing a revolution and SA.
      If I need LH to point out such things, then really…

      During the break, let him travel to the SA and the science of their culture and see how the majority of the population absolutely disagrees with him. Take it easy, man. One cannot strike fairly on all sides.
      I would find myself in big trouble trying to promote “our values” on the streets.

      And if he is already a revolutionary and so determined, 10-15 years in prison will only strengthen him and will have a far greater impact. And he can write a book. Which I would buy right away.



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  3. I have the impression that this kind of pushing all these movements into this platform by individuals eager for self-promotion is simply changing this sport from the core. It's not that I don't support all that, but let Lujo establish his own platform and let him preach as much as he wants, and let this platform deal with racing and new technologies.



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    • Ferrari Boris_CRO Show

      Well that's it. Let Lewis get out of Formula 1. Let him have a fund to help the black population in the US or Britain for better education through giving scholarships, let him help the rights of the oppressed in third world countries. Let him try to change things through serious activism by direct action. That would take his hat off. But the character is an actor. He writes a lot on twitter, paints a lot for instagram, makes pathetic statements to the camera, and everything is fake. I wouldn’t be surprised if he soon pays some painter to paint him like Jesus at the Last Supper. Real human rights activists don’t have a perfect hairstyle while taking pictures at sunset with their sand next to them while 10 spotlights and 2 photographers are aimed at them shooting 1000 photos to create one good one to go through Photoshop for Ham to put on his instagram and down wrote that he likes to go out into nature alone and think about the fate of the world. It reminds me of those bitches who are photographed half-naked, and below the picture it says that they love flowers and peace in the world.

      FOR THE END: Vetma is the emperor. I know what he's doing, but he still manages to "turn me on".



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      • Lewis Hamilton smr201 Show

        Maybe he will when he leaves F1, until then he has the right to say whatever he wants and use his platform however he wants.
        After all, like many other athletes. And it speaks enough about you and your frustrations that judging what kind of activist someone is, judging by his hairstyle and what he posts on Instagram, if it wasn't sad, it would be funny.



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    • Lewis Hamilton smr201 Show

      So Lews can't do anything on the green branch.
      If he doesn’t say anything then he is a hypocrite because he is fighting for equality and going to race in Saudi Arabia.
      On the other hand if he says that changes in the same SA should be encouraged then let him stick to racing.



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  4. I'm still waiting for him to start talking about politics and the crown and measures. I guess everything else was covered…. Maybe preparing the ground for a career after f1.



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  5. Sebastian Vettel 5 Crash Donator Show

    I missed the call for diversity in sports, but we called it that.
    By the way, I agree with Lewis, I don't see the benefit of the boycott, possibly to create a scene, a situation at the Grand Prix of the SA that the world media would be buzzing about.
    There is no use in pointing out the problem in that country and it will not be .. I do not believe in change ..
    Unfortunately, there is abomination everywhere. In the impossibility to do something, maybe "ignorance is bliss" is better



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  6. Lando Norris Zola Show

    Come on, let's keep driving and let's talk a little less. Instead of kneeling on the paths where no one can do anything to him, let him go to the street for a while and fight for equality there. #I need to take a dump



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  7. James Hunt Vryky Show

    Kme kme..samoizolacija… kme kme…


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  8. Marlboro Hey You Show

    This interference in other people's cultures and ways of life has exceeded every possible measure. If the Saudis want to forgive you for being a goat fucker for the next 200 years, how can we tell them what they will do in their own country.

    To disagree with that - I disagree. If I wanted them to get closer to the worldviews in the west - I would love to. But on the end of the day I look up shooting something. The right shoots again. Left shoots and there. I look down at that shot thing for Saudi Arabia.


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    • Niki Lauda wapi Donator Show

      I know. It was the Olympics in Berlin in 1940. A race is being held in China. It was also the Olympics in North Korea… .. It was the Universiade in Zagreb,….

      Sport is somehow blind to politics and it may be good to be so, but then let it stay out of politics including drivers. Then there is no kneeling, t-shirt, political message of any kind. This is how they jump into their own mouths and make fun of themselves. If they don't send any political messages then I can coolly say "I don't want politics in my boutique!" and be right when someone tries to attack them because of China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, or the United States.



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