Lewis Hamilton makes history winning inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in defiant Pride helmet
Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton made a statement wearing his Pride flag helmet as he won the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, Formula One’s most successful driver of all time and the only Black driver in the series’ history, won despite the race stopping twice and even colliding with his title rival, Max Verstappen, at one point during the nail-biting race.
Despite the chaos, the British driver secured a remarkable victory at the debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday (5 December) while wearing his intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag helmet.
Just days before the win, Hamilton condemned Saudi Arabia’s anti-LGBT+ laws and said he wore Pride colours on his helmet to “spark the conversation” on LGBT+ rights in homophobic countries.
“I believe everyone should have equal rights, freedom of speech, freedom of movement,” Hamilton said. “And there’s places where that’s not allowed.”
He continued: “Places such as here where the LGBT community, there’s prison time, the death penalty and restrictions for people being themselves. And I don’t believe in that.”
It’s the second Grand Prix race in a row where Hamilton donned the Pride colours. The Mercedes driver previously wore the helmet in a show of LGBT+ solidarity at the Qatar Grand Prix in November.
The helmet features the revamped Progress Flag designed by British intersex artist Valentino Vecchietti, with a yellow triangle and a purple circle, as well as the words “We Stand Together” on it.
Racing fans worldwide were blown away by Lewis Hamilton’s remarkable win as well as his stark show of allyship with the LGBT+ community.
Unbelievably bonkers Grand Prix. Outstanding performance and victory from @LewisHamilton despite everything being thrown at him. Great to see him wearing his rainbow helmet. The ? pic.twitter.com/iusgQfrg8I
— Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker) December 5, 2021
F1 superstar @LewisHamilton, the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time, wearing pride colors on his helmet as he won the Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia, a country with a execrable human and gay rights record, is 100% the heartening image I needed today ✊??️??️⚧️?? pic.twitter.com/JO1XQEr8b8— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) December 6, 2021
Winner of the #SaudiArabiaGP is a human rights activist sportsman, who again wore his pride crash helmet. Audacious on da race track is Lewis Hamilton. Bold and fearless 2 support human and lgbt rights in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The world needs more champions like #LewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/kdrFIyTyOw— cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) December 5, 2021
lewis hamilton and his pride helmet can be something so personal https://t.co/aPstWQZLEV— val (@H44MlLTON) December 1, 2021
@LewisHamilton that Pride helmet means a lot to me and a lot of other people. Thanks my guy #SaudiArabianGP
— Wil Bane (@iNukaBoy) December 5, 2021
I love the fact that @LewisHamilton just won the inaugural Saudia Arabian Grand Prix wearing a helmet emblazoned with the Progress Pride Flag. In a country with such an oppressive regime, this is a huge statement. #standingtogether #rainbowrights #equalityforall pic.twitter.com/RipG0rAyAE— Michael Bain (@mikejbain) December 5, 2021
lewis hamilton winning in saudi arabia with that rainbow helmet. haters and homophobes in mud ?— auren (@ashsometimess) December 5, 2021
Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Saudi Arabia is his third consecutive race win thus far, and he is tied on points with Verstappen in the standings.
The overall Formula One championship will be decided next Sunday in the finale in Abu Dhabi, Sports Illustrated reported.
Racing fans can expect Hamilton’s helmet to make another appearance as he has confirmed that he intends to wear the inclusive helmet throughout the Grand Prix as it travels through the Middle East.
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