Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean clear the air over anti-racism protests

  • Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean clear the air over anti-racism protests

Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean clear the air over anti-racism protests

But Hamilton played down the prospect of Mercedes winning every race this season.

Hamilton has been outspoken in his support for the anti-racism movement and expressed frustration and disappointment at the lack of leadership after the gesture in Hungary was rushed and disorganised, with some drivers not present.

"Thinking about it, it was probably the wrong thing to do, Lewis had some good arguments, I did also, but I think it was the wrong thing to do".

Grosjean spoke to Hamilton for 45 minutes on Tuesday, saying that he wanted to provide a voice for as many as eight drivers who were opposed to the anti-racism stance.

'So my goal is to continue to deliver for as long as I can.

"It was a good chat with Lewis", Grosjean said. I would say the COVID lockdown, while it was a negative in many, many ways, in some ways it gave (me) a lot of life, a lot of energy to focus on some other things, and that little bit of time off was really a bit of breathing space, so it's just given me a renewed energy to perhaps go longer.

"He mentioned that as one of the directors they're listening to you, and that was his point and I think he was right in that aspect".

Hamilton, speaking separately, said he had been impressed by his conversation with Grosjean and appreciated the Frenchman's approach. He's clearly a caring person.

'But I don't see that happening in the short term, in the next two or three years'.

"I really, really appreciate Romain. Acknowledging that there is an issue is sometimes the first step and then work towards making it better".

As well as speaking to Grosjean, Hamilton took time to talk with GPDA chairman Alexander Wurz, FIA president Jean Todt, and F1 bosses Chase Carey and Ross Brawn to ensure everyone is on the same page.

"I had great conversations with them to understand what they are planning and that we are all on the same team here", he said. "Maybe I did it the wrong way, but I felt that I had to do it at the time". "I'm definitely going to be here for the foreseeable future. So I do see myself going for at least another three years". "We learned we had more in common than we perhaps thought".

F1's drivers have not all been unified in the act of kneeling, with six declining to do so at the opening events. "He's one of them that thinks that it was done once and that's all we need to do", the Briton, Formula One's only Black driver and prominent among those taking a knee, said at the time.

"Everyone has a different feeling, different way of expressing their feelings, so you can not force anyone to do anything", he said.

"Everyone has to do what's right for them". Some other sports have done it.

"I wasn't happy that in the media, in my social media, [there were a] lot of things about racism and I'm a racist, which is absolutely wrong", he said. "But it would be nice to get there one day".

He heads into the British Grand Prix on Sunday as the favorite to win at his home circuit of Silverstone for a seventh time but for the first time without any fans there to cheer him on due to the pandemic.