Lewis Hamilton explains the origins of his ‘rainbow’ helmet

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Lewis Hamilton used a special rainbow design for his Qatar Grand Prix helmet, in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

After Qatar Grand Prix Qualifying the Briton explained how his special helmet came about.

“For months now I’ve been thinking about these last three races and the location,” said the Briton.

“Trying to educate myself on also the issues that we are surrounded by here. They are not small; they are big issues.

“I’ve been trying to think, ‘what is it that I can do?’. I’m only one person; the sport and all the drivers together, and athletes, can do more.

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“In the last race I finally came up with the idea and luckily in a really short space of time I got my helmet painter to send me a clip of this image with the flag over my helmet.

“And I was like ‘that’s what I want for the next race so can you make it happen?’ He made it happen and it’s been amazing to see the positive response.”

Lewis has used the helmet in Qatar, a country where male homosexuality remains illegal, and recently said that he intends to use it in Saudi Arabia, and possibly in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

“I hope there are kids here and whoever are watching asking what the flag is if they don’t know, and why I’m wearing it.

“I hope it sparks positive conversation and change,” concluded the Briton.

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