Kevin Magnussen joins ‘Original Six’ and becomes seventh F1 driver NOT to kneel in pre-British Grand Prix ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest after Sebastian Vettel hit out at race chiefs for embarrassing lack of organisation during Hungarian GP demonstration

Formula One’s pre-race ceremony against racism has continued to create division within the grid as the list of drivers who stood rather than ‘take a knee’ increased to seven ahead of the British Grand Prix. All the drivers wore ‘end racism’ shirts, with Lewis Hamilton wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ top. ‘Obviously some drivers didn’t decide to take the knee, some did. Magnussen who previously took a knee in the previous races of the season explained how he was uncomfortable with the gesture’s link to the Black Lives Matter organisation. I have no issues with the drivers who didn’t choose to take the knee. Sebastian Vettel has criticised F1’s organisation of the anti-racism ceremonies before races. Scenes proved chaotic in the previous race in Hungary with drivers arriving late or not all. ‘We are not organising the races, so I think it’s not just in our interest.

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