This Thursday it was confirmed that the penultimate race of 2021 of Formula 1 will be the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia. However, not everything was good news for the powerful Arabs. Different international organizations came out to carry out a strong boycott of the new route, due to the constant denunciations to the government leadership of that country.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a harsh statement criticizing Liberty Media and Formula 1 for arriving in the Arab country. Through social networks they implemented the trend ‘#BoycottSaudiGP’, which quickly went viral. The organizations assure that this means a cover for the situation that exists there.
This Friday, both organizations signed a public letter in which they expressed their rejection of the test. “Have Formula 1 personnel used their negotiations with Saudi leaders to advocate for the release of women human rights activists whose only crime was defending their right to drive?” They asked.
In addition, they ask the world to go down to the test in Saudi territory. “Fans, the media and teams should use this moment to tell their sport that they should not associate with someone who so grossly and systematically violates human rights.”
The current leader of the championship and faithful social activist, Lewis Hamilton, finally gave his opinion on the situation. “I don’t know enough about the human rights issue that is happening in Saudi Arabia. I have some friends who go there and tell me that it is an awesome place, but I think it is important that before I really comment, I know exactly what the problem is, ”said Hamilton avoiding problems.