Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have distanced themselves from the initiative to kneel during the hymn of the 2020 Austrian F1 GP, although they have condemned racism through their own profiles on social networks.

The pilots discussed the possibility of kneeling on Friday as a sign of rejection of racism and discrimination, and of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A gesture of protest that was born in the United States but has spread throughout the world.

The BBC reported on Saturday that there were five pilots with doubts and Lewis Hamilton regretted that “there were some silences”, at the same time that he attributed the personal doubts of some to a lack of understanding of the social problem.

Within minutes of the start of the race, two drivers have already expressed their position through their social media profiles: Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.

Leclerc was the first to pronounce: “I think that what matters are the gestures and behaviors that we have in our day to day, beyond formal gestures that may be controversial in some countries. I will not kneel, but that does not mean that be less engaged than others in the fight against racism. ”

The Monegasque Ferrari has also reproduced part of the GPDA statement to stress that “the 20 drivers are united with their teams in the fight against racism and prejudice, while endorsing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and support the commitment of Formula 1 and the FIA. ”

After Charles has spoken Max Verstappen, who today will start the race from the third position on the starting grid.

“I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I believe that everyone has the right to express themselves when and how they consider. Today I will not kneel, but I respect and support the personal decisions each pilot makes” .

Both Charles and Max have also included various anti-racism labels.

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