Reigning Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton revealed a new Mercedes helmet design on his Twitter earlier today.
As the only black driver in Formula 1 history, Hamilton has been speaking up about the activism and protests against racial injustice going on around the world recently. He has called on those in motorsport to help increase diversity in the industry.
On Monday, Mercedes announced that their cars would be black instead of the usual silver in the 2020 season as part of their stand against racism. The driver’s suits have also been changed for Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton’s new helmet design has a black base, it keeps the originally planned purple streaks and has a number of messages supporting the BLM movement.
Hamilton’s traditional “Still I rise” slogan which is on the rear of the helmet has been changed to “Still we rise”.
The whole reason my helmet has changed colour, the suit has, and also the car, it’s for equality above all, and just really continuing to solidify that message.”-Lewis Hamilton.
“We currently now have the mic, and people are starting to listen. We’ve got the opportunity to really push that message and really hold people accountable.”-Lewis Hamilton.
“Because it’s not good enough. Even if someone says to you we’ve been doing something or we’ve been trying, they need to try harder, because it’s still a big issue that the world is fighting.”-Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton was make his first appearance with the new helmet in the opening practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas has also changed his helmet design before the season and added the message “stronger together” on the rear and a picture of hands joining together.