Lewis Hamilton criticizes Saudi
Lewis Hamilton has criticized Saudi Arabia due to the persistent human rights violations. The Mercedes pilot called on the edge of the Grand Prix in Jedda to improve the situation.
“Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the rulers to change something. There is first steps in the right direction, but we do not see enough. We definitely happen more,” Hamilton said a day for the race in Jidda.
In the past week, Saudi Arabia had reported 81 executions. Hamilton had already criticized the situation on site in the previous year in the Saudi Arabia premiere of Formula 1. At that time, the seven-time world champion with a rainbow flag on his helmet set a sign of support for the LGBTQ community.
“My attitude has not changed since last year. It’s crazy to hear what happens here,” said Hamilton and pointed out a letter of a 14-year-old. According to BBC it is the case of Abdullah al-Howaiti, which arrested in 2017 at 14 years and sentenced three years later to death. His family asked Hamilton in a letter for help. “If you are 14 years old, you do not know what you do or still do in life,” Hamilton said.
The Mercedes pilot did not make a secret of the fact that he did not like to start in Saudi Arabia. “We try to do what we can. And it is important that we try to use our range and provide more attention,” said the 37-year-old. Even though that’s just a small difference, this should be better than no one.
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The training to the Grand Prix was later overshadowed in the evening from an explosion near the route. Suddenly a big cloud of smoke was to see. The Hutthi rebels became the attack on a nearby oil refinery, which enlarged the worries about safety at the race. Rocket and drone attacks of Yemeni militia are not uncommon in the region.