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Formula One F1 were wrong to punish Vettel for supporting Hungary’s LGBTQ community, says Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS HAMILTON has taken aim at Formula One’s ruling body after slamming its decision to reprimand Sebastian Vettel for wearing a T-shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community as “bullshit.”

Four-time world champion Vettel wore a “same love” rainbow T-shirt during the Hungarian national anthem on Sunday.

Under FIA rules, drivers are permitted to carry a message that concurs with the sport’s We Race as One initiative during the pre-race ceremony, but the clothing must be removed for the national anthem.

Vettel was summoned to see the stewards. He explained that he forgot to remove his T-shirt because of the onset of rain.

Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll were also reprimanded after they failed to take off their We Race as One T-shirts.

Vettel, who was stripped of his second place at the grand prix following a fuel infringement, told Sky Sports: “I’m happy if they disqualify me. They can do whatever they want to me, I don’t care. I would do it again.”

And in a now-deleted message on Instagram, Hamilton posted in support of Vettel. The British driver, 36, said: “Super proud of this guy. There is no rule that says what colour shirt you can wear, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is not reprimandable.

“This is BS. Well done, Seb. I’ll join you next time with the same shirt.”

Hamilton later updated his post, writing: “Love to see this, Seb supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Love always wins.”


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