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Lewis Hamilton

British GP protesters make Hamilton demand

The British driver supported peaceful protest when speaking ahead of his home race weekend.

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Just Stop Oil has 'welcomed' Lewis Hamilton's support for peaceful protest ahead of the British Grand Prix, but urged the seven-time F1 World Champion to cut ties with Mercedes' lubricant partner Petronas.

The climate change activist group has threatened disruption during the Silverstone event having hit a number of sporting occasions across the year already, with soccer, rugby union, tennis, cricket and snooker all affected.

Protesters breached security to reach the Wellington Straight last season, though the activity was overshadowed by Zhou Guanyu's horrific first-corner crash.

Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com ahead of his home race weekend, Hamilton said: "I support peaceful protest."

However, Hamilton warned that no one should put themselves in harm's way.

Demand

In response to Hamilton's comments, Just Stop Oil tweeted: "We welcome Lewis Hamilton’s statement of support for peaceful protest but would like to nonetheless stress that nonviolent direct action involves brave individuals choosing to put their bodies on the line to demand a better future for all.

"We urge Mr Hamilton to drop Petronas as a sponsor at the earliest opportunity and to demand an immediate end to new fossil fuel licensing in the UK - doing so would allow us to make assurances that we would not disrupt specific events."

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