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Lewis Hamilton launches new Mercedes race suit to promote Black Lives Matter movement

Mercedes drivers will have a new look heading into the 2020 F1 season as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas unveiled their new all-black race suits.

35-year-old Hamilton has been vocal of the Black Lives Movement in recent weeks.

Since the death of George Floyd in the US, the six-time world champion has been seen marching in Hyde Park, London – where he revealed his pride.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: “Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest…

“I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement.

“I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage.

“I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was.

“I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there today in the name of equality for all.

“It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing.”

Earlier this week, Mercedes released pictures of their car’s new black livery, which was designed with the help of Hamilton, who has been a big supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

As expected there are now matching race suits to go with the new livery design and they will be worn throughout the season, which gets underway at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The colour scheme is a marked departure for Mercedes who have always traditionally raced in silver.

But the team otherwise known as the Silver Arrows bowed to the requests of Hamilton who came up with the all-black concept.

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