Before the first Formula 1 Grand Prix Event In the United States this year, seven-time esports champion Lewis Hamilton on Sunday opposed a draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling ruling Roe v. Wade would tip over.
“I love being in the States, but I can’t ignore what’s happening and what some in government are trying to do to the women who live here,” says Hamilton said on his Instagram story on Thursday to his nearly 28 million followers. “Everyone should have the right to choose what they do with their body. We cannot let this choice be taken away from us.”
A subsequent post shared names of organizations and resources that support abortion rights. Hamtilon posted several photos to Instagram on Friday morning in Miami, where this weekend’s race will be held, with the tagline, “Trust me, I can take the heat.”
Hamilton has openly campaigned for human rights at past Formula 1 events. Last December before the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddahhe called out the kingdom’s “appalling” LGBTQ laws. “Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say I do. But it’s not my choice to be here,” Hamilton said last year. “Sport has chosen to be here.”
When the circle returned to the Saudi country in March, Hamilton shared that he had received a letter from the family of a teenage prisoner who was about to be executed: “I can’t really say much that would make a big difference. It’s obviously overwhelming to hear the stories. … I heard a letter was sent to me from a 14-year-old who is on death row. … When you’re 14, you don’t know what the hell you’re doing in life.”
The Miami Grand Prix is one of two American stops of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the other taking place in Austin on October 23.