Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel during American anthem at F1’s US Grand Prix

• Mercedes driver supports protests but is intent on securing fourth title
• ‘I am here to win, so I am not really focused on anything else’

Lewis Hamilton has said he has no plan to join the protests that have been taking place across the US by kneeling during the national anthem before the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend. The British driver, who could win his fourth world championship in Texas, had said he was considering making the gesture but insists that at the moment he is fully focused on winning the race.

Hamilton has expressed his support for the protests, which were instigated when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat or knelt during the anthem at NFL games last year as a reaction to racial injustice and police brutality. Hamilton had said he had been thinking about joining the protest when on the grid in Austin but, while he reiterated his support for the cause, did not want to be distracted from his goal.

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