Lewis Hamilton, the legendary 7-time F1 World Champion, made a bold political statement on the opening day of the 2023 F1 season. Hamilton is eager to drive the Mercedes W14 to its full potential during the first qualifying session of the year and is hopeful that this season will lead to his 8th world championship victory.
However, Hamilton has already grabbed the attention of many before even hitting the track, as he chose to wear a helmet with a rainbow design on the top section. The rainbow design is a well-known symbol that represents the LGBTQ+ community. The FIA initially prohibited drivers from expressing their personal, political or religious views, but quickly reversed their decision after receiving widespread criticism.
While preparing for the practice session, Hamilton was spotted wearing the helmet with the rainbow design. It is particularly noteworthy since Bahrain, where the event is taking place, has a negative stance towards homosexuality. Although private homosexual activity is not illegal in Bahrain, several laws target individuals based on their sexual orientation.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain recently reiterated the kingdom’s stance against homosexual practices, stating that they would not tolerate any actions that conflict with their values and traditions.
Despite Bahrain’s position, Hamilton chose to express his support for the LGBTQ+ community through his helmet. The FIA’s decision to allow drivers to express their views was made after the organization banned drivers from making “political, religious, or personal statements” during the previous season, which led to complaints from both drivers and fans.
Hamilton has been wearing the same helmet with the rainbow design since last season and has received praise from fans for his support of the LGBTQ+ community. Fans have expressed their admiration for Hamilton’s helmet and have lauded his consistent advocacy.
In other news, Hamilton was recently granted a medical exemption to wear his nose studs, providing a boost to his morale. F1 authorities had previously prohibited drivers from wearing jewelry, but Hamilton will not face any action for his nose piercings.
Hamilton is eagerly anticipating the chance to secure pole position at Bahrain today and is ready to give his all during the first qualifying session of the season.