F1 tweaks track schedule for drivers to 'take a knee'

Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and some of the F1 drivers take a knee on the grid in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and some of the F1 drivers take a knee on the grid in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

• FIA revealed acceptable gestures the driers could make as part of their ant-racism protest

• Among them are 'taking a knee' and 'standing on the carpet with arms crossed' 

• The moment will precede the start of a minutes applause for British National Health Service workers

Drivers have been allocated ten extra minutes so as to better organise their 'take a knee' moment against racism before Sunday's Silverstone race.

Following the controversial shambles of Hungary, the FIA revealed a detailed pre-race schedule for Sunday that even outlined the kind of acceptable gestures the drivers could make.

Among them are "taking the knee", "standing on carpet with arms crossed", "standing on carpet pointing to the words "end racism", and other similar suggestions.

This moment will then precede the "start of (a) clapping moment" for Britain's National Health Service.

"I hope the above is clear and provides some clarity and reassurance to the drivers," the FIA said.

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo said the procedure has even tweaked the proceedings of the actual track action, with the pit lane to open ten minutes early.

"The pit lane will be open not 30 minutes before the race, but 40," said the Australian.

"That will give us more time before the anthem for various initiatives without a rush.

"Everyone will decide for himself what to do - whether that's kneeling, standing, but there will be plenty of time before the anthem for the ceremony," Ricciardo added.

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