Lewis Hamilton has blasted “white-dominated” F1 for staying silent following the death of George Floyd. The six-time world champion warned “I know who you are and I see you” to his fellow peers.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died during his arrest in the American city of Minneapolis.
The incident was video recorded and has sparked devastating riots across the States.
Protests have taken place worldwide including in London and Cardiff.
However, Hamilton is furious that no F1 stars have used their platform to condemn the death.
“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
Lewis Hamilton has hit out at his fellow F1 stars
“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone.
“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are and I see you.”
Hamilton has always used his voice to stand up for what he believes in and he demanded those in power press harder to combat racism.
“There can be no peace until our so-called leaders make change,” he said.
“This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.
“The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same!
“We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”
Meanwhile, NBA legend Michael Jordan also released a statement condemning the “ingrained racism”.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.
George Floyd’s death has sparked riots across America
“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of colour in our country. We have had enough.
“I don’t have answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others.
“We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn out backs on senseless brutality.”