Hamilton puts the knee into Trump
Lewis Hamilton has waded into the controversy over the wave of protests by US athletes in recent days and months by criticising US President Donald Trump.
Hamilton said he felt it was important to "try to make a difference in the world - particularly if your leader is not helping..."
Asked whether it was appropriate for sportsmen to use their celebrity status to make political points, he said: "I think it is open for anyone to have freedom of speech and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world.
"Particularly," he added, "if your leader is not helping in that area. It takes for the people to try standing together and I really feel I can identify with a lot of those individuals."
Hamilton added that he had not checked with his Mercedes bosses before broaching such a sensitive topic: "Not at all, I don't feel like I need to either. I genuinely have always had support from all of my team."