At the British Grand Prix, protesters form the ‘Just Stop Oil’ movement breached the Silverstone track boundary, and gathered at the exit of Aintree during the first lap of the race, which was immediately red flagged due to a big multi car crash.
The protesters’ plan to invade the circuit was known to the police even before the race started, so the group was quickly detained.
When asked about the protest at the post-race press conference, Lewis Hamilton said he “didn’t know what the protesters were for” at first, but after learning of their agenda, he said he supports their fight.
“I love that people are fighting for the planet and we need more people like them,” Lewis said.
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However, in a later social media post, he did warn the protesters not to put themselves in harm’s way by breaching track boundaries.
“As we’ve seen, this is a very dangerous sport,” Hamilton wrote.
“I wasn’t aware of the protests and while I’ll always support those standing up for what they believe in, it must be done safely.
“Please don’t jump onto our race circuits to protest. We don’t want to put you in harm’s way,” the Briton concluded.