ewis Hamilton admitted he did not feel comfortable running in Saudi Arabia as he criticized the country’s treatment of the LGBT + community.
There are only two races left in the F1 season, this weekend in Jeddah before the final race next week in Abu Dhabi, and Hamilton is engaged in a captivating title battle with Max Verstappen.
The British rider wore a Progress Pride helmet during the last race in Qatar and has confirmed he will do the same in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton has spoken out against Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a Grand Prix for the first time, and called on F1 as a sport to do more to ensure progress.
“Do I feel comfortable here?” I wouldn’t say I do, ”Hamilton said.
“But it’s not my choice to be here. Sport has made the choice to be here.
“I will wear [the helmet] again here and in the next race. If anyone wants to take the time to read what the law is for the LGBT + community, that’s pretty terrifying.
“There are changes to be made. For example, the right of women to be able to drive in 2018, this is how they are controlled. Some women are still in prison for driving many years ago.
“So there are a lot of changes that need to happen and I think our sport needs to do more. “