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Lewis Hamilton wears a ‘George Floyd – Say His Name’ T-shirt at the Monaco Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton was sure to make an important statement at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

Despite his disappointing result at the motoring event, the 36-year-old proudly wore a black T-shire in support of the late George Floyd.

His Tee featured the words ‘George Floyd – Say His Name’ on the back, with Lewis teaming it with black racing gear. 

World stage: Lewis Hamilton was sure to make an important statement at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday

He swept his dreadlocks back from his face, adding dark shades and a face mask to the look.

Hamilton finished the race in seventh with Max Verstappen taking the championship lead from him after the Dutchman dominated from start to finish to win. 

Following the race, Hamilton rued Mercedes’ pit-stop strategy but vowed he and his team will do everything they can behind the scenes to bounce back. 

An early pit stop backfired for Hamilton and Mercedes, losing them track position on a street circuit where overtaking is incredibly difficult. 

Statement: Despite his disappointing result at the motoring event, the 36-year-old proudly wore a black T-shire in support of the late George Floyd

Statement: Despite his disappointing result at the motoring event, the 36-year-old proudly wore a black T-shire in support of the late George Floyd

Support: His Tee featured the words 'George Floyd - Say His Name' on the back, with Lewis teaming it with black racing gear

Support: His Tee featured the words ‘George Floyd – Say His Name’ on the back, with Lewis teaming it with black racing gear

Say his name: He swept his dreadlocks back from his face, adding dark shades and a face mask to the look

Say his name: He swept his dreadlocks back from his face, adding dark shades and a face mask to the look

‘Three places it cost me,’ Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. ‘I don’t really have a reaction to it, I think we do all our talking in the background and we’ll work together and try to come out of this stronger.

‘We underperformed as a team all weekend, from the get go, so we’ll just put our focus on the next race. Congratulations to Max and his team, they did a great job.’

The next race takes place on June 6 in Azerbaijan around the Baku Street Circuit, a stop on the F1 calendar that missed out last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Hamilton’s decision to wear the statement shirt comes the day after President Joe Biden announced he will host George Floyd’s family at the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the black security guard’s murder at the hands of cops. 

Win: Max Verstappen and Red Bull now lead the standings after the Dutchman won in Monaco

Win: Max Verstappen and Red Bull now lead the standings after the Dutchman won in Monaco

The news was confirmed by a White House official on Saturday, although they did not disclose which family members would fly in to Washington, DC for the event. 

Floyd died on May 25 last year after being arrested by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the use of a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, during which time Floyd lost consciousness. 

Last month, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He is facing up to 40 years behind bars.  

News: Hamilton's decision to wear the statement shirt comes the day after President Joe Biden announced he will host George Floyd's family at the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the black security guard's murder at the hands of cops

News: Hamilton’s decision to wear the statement shirt comes the day after President Joe Biden announced he will host George Floyd’s family at the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the black security guard’s murder at the hands of cops

Joe Biden met with the family of George Floyd in Houston last June: From left - Congressman Cedric Richmond, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Biden, Attorney Ben Crump and Roger Floyd, George Floyd's uncle

Joe Biden met with the family of George Floyd in Houston last June: From left – Congressman Cedric Richmond, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Biden, Attorney Ben Crump and Roger Floyd, George Floyd’s uncle

Biden – who has previously met with members of Floyd’s family – praised the jury’s verdict last month. 

He spoke over the phone with some of Floyd’s relatives after the verdict was handed down, saying: ‘You’re an incredible family. I wish I were there – just [to] put my arms around you’. 

He added: ‘We’ve been watching every second of this, and the vice president, all of us. We were all so relieved, not just one verdict but all three.’

‘Nothing is going to make it all better. But at least, God, now there’s some justice.’

Tragic: Floyd died on May 28 last year after being arrested by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the use of a counterfeit bill

RIP: George Floyd is pictured

Tragic: Floyd died on May 28 last year after being arrested by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the use of a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, during which time Floyd lost consciousness 

Biden met with Floyd’s uncle, Roger, and Floyd’s young daughter, Gianna, during a trip to Houston last June. 

‘They’re an incredible family, his little daughter was there, the one who said ‘daddy’s going to change the world,’ and I think her daddy is going to change the world,’ he stated after the meeting. 

‘I think what happened here is one of the great inflection points in American history, for real, in terms of civil liberties, civil rights and just treating people with dignity.’ 

He also appeared via videolink at Floyd’s funeral, and vowed that the security guard’s death would not be in vain.  



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