The Mercedes driver will also race with the rainbow symbol in Jeddah, a signal to a country that considers homosexuality illegal. Meanwhile, a statistic gives us hope: from 2010 to today, those who made pole in the GPs on their debut of the World Championship have always won the title. And in Losail there was Lewis in front of everyone
He made his surprise debut in the Qatar GP, but also in Saudi Arabia the rainbow-colored LGBT helmet will protect Lewis Hamilton’s head. A strong message that the Mercedes driver wants to send, aimed at a country where the rights for the community are rather few. In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is in fact illegal and sharia law is in force, in which it is understood (even if not reported) that same-sex relationships can be punishable by death or flogging. Thus Lewis has put himself at the center to underline once again, with his battle, the importance of civil rights in today’s society.
“Let’s stay united”
In Qatar – another country where homosexuality is illegal – Hamilton had taken to the track with the LGBT helmet, dominating the race without discussion ahead of Max Verstappen. And for the occasion, the traditional ‘Still We Rise’ was replaced with the two new mottos: ‘We Stand Together’ and ‘Love is Love’ (‘Love it’s love’). “I will use the same helmet in Jeddah and perhaps also for the Abu Dhabi race – said the Englishman -. I have not received any negative comments about it. On the back there are the writings, because for me it is important to represent that community. I know that there are certain situations that need to be highlighted. I hope someone will join me, I would like to know more about what is happening and what is being done to support this community more. “
That figure on the poleman in the inaugural GPs from 2010 to today
Meanwhile, in favor of Lewis in the fight for the title against Verstappen (currently ahead by eight points), there is a precedent that gives him hope: from 2010 to today, in fact, those who snatched the pole on the rookie circuits in the World Championship, have then won the title at the end of the season. Eleven years ago, Sebastian Vettel won his first career title with Red Bull by taking first place in qualifying in Yeongam, in the South Korean GP. The same goes for the German in the inaugural 2011 Indian Grand Prix, in Greater Noida, and for Austin 2012, winning the championship then at the last race of Interlagos against Alonso and Ferrari.
From 2016 to last year
In 2014, therefore, it was the turn of Sochi, for the Russian GP, with Hamilton in front of everyone in qualifying (and also in the race): world champion at the end of the season, for the first time with Mercedes. To then get to 2016, when the Azerbaijani circuit made his debut in Baku, in the European GP, and Nico Rosberg finished in front of everyone on Saturday, then winning the title duel against Lewis in Abu Dhabi on his nerves, then retiring at the end of the season. Until last year, when the 44, on pole at Portimao and Mugello, conquered the seventh title reaching Michael Schumacher at the top. So it will take a super Verstappen to break the trend in Jeddah, but is the Losail pole a divine sign for Hamilton?
November 27, 2021 (change November 27, 2021 | 18:00)
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Hamilton with the LGBT helmet also in Arabia. Pole in Qatar a clue to the title