Hamilton attacks Qatar


Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:07 a.m.

As F1 arrives for the first time in its history in Qatar, Lewis Hamilton has attacked the emirate, criticized for its human rights abuses and which the English Mercedes driver considers as « one the worst in this part of the world « .

Formula 1 is making its big debut in Qatar this weekend. Before joining the calendar in 2023 for a period of ten years, this Grand Prix of Qatar, which will take place on the Losail circuit, north of Doha, benefits from the cancellation of that of Australia, which was to open season but did not take place due to restrictions related to Covid-19. But as for the next FIFA World Cup, this arrival in Qatar is not only happy. Starting with Lewis Hamilton, who delivers a thrilling duel with Max Verstappen for the title of world champion. The Englishman of Mercedes did not hesitate to criticize the emirate, which he judges « as one of the worst in this part of the world ».

« Equal rights are a serious problem »

“We are aware that there are problems in the places we go. But of course Qatar seems to be considered one of the worst in this part of the world. As different sports go to these places, there are has advocacy work to do on these issues. These places deserve close scrutiny. Because equal rights is a serious issue, the British pilot said at a press conference. If we come to these places, we have to light on what’s going on there One person can’t do it all, but together we can make a bigger impact. Do I want more athletes to express themselves on these questions? Yes. It’s up to you to decide if you want to educate yourself and make sport more responsible, and that he actually does something when he goes to these places. « It remains to be seen whether others will mobilize to protest against this coming to Qatar. In football, the Danish federation has announced its intention to protest through different actions against human rights violations observed in Qatar.

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