AGENCIES, Scarperia e San Piero: Six-time F1 champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kept his cool amid the mayhem caused by an unpredictable circuit, winning a crash-marred Tuscan Grand Prix for the 90th win of his career. Hamilton is within striking distance in matching Michael Schumacher’s record.
Hamilton used the occasion to convey a message as he stood on the podium on Sunday wearing a black T-shirt featuring the words: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”
Taylor was a Black emergency medical worker fatally shot by police six months ago while serving a narcotics search warrant in her home in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13. The shooting has sparked months of protests with calls for the officers to be charged over her death and Taylor’s name has spread to protests against racial injustice around the world.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) September 13, 2020
The first F1 race on a Mugello track in Italy with superfast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out, and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one.
Bottas is now 55 points behind Hamilton, who is odds on to equal Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles.
Hamilton can equal Schumacher’s win record at the Russian GP in two weeks.
“It was all a bit of daze. It was like three races in one day. Just incredibly tough today,” Hamilton said.
The British driver, the sport’s only Black competitor, has previously worn a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt at other Grands Prix.