Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has strongly criticised the Hungarian government and voiced his support for the LGBT community in the country.
Ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix in Budapest, Hamilton posted a message in which he described as "cowardly" recently imposed legislation in Hungary, which bans the depiction of homosexuality to young people.
"To all in this beautiful country Hungary. Ahead of the Grand Prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the government's anti-LGBT law," wrote Hamilton.
"It is unacceptable, cowardly and misguiding for those in power suggest such a law. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify."
"I urge the people of Hungary to vote in the upcoming referendum to protect the rights of the LGBT community, they need our support more than ever," he added.
Before race, F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and F1 drivers Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll were summoned by the stewards over a breach of the pre-race procedure. It centred on the fact that they failed to remove their T-shirts as instructed ahead of the national anthem.
Vettel opted to wear a rainbow-coloured t-shirt with the words "Same Love" on the grid, having previously worn shoes sporting a rainbow flag on Thursday in a message against Hungary's anti-LGBTQ law.
Vettel failed to remove this t-shirt for the national anthem, while Bottas, Sainz and Stroll also kept on their We Race As One T-shirts on which they wore during the message of solidarity by F1 a few minutes earlier.
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