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Lewis Hamilton has criticised Formula One chiefs and lent his support to his former rival Sebastian Vettel after the German was punished for wearing a 'one love' shirt at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Drivers' Championship leader took to Instagram on Monday to commend Vettel's actions and announce that he would do the same at the next grand prix.
FIA rules allow LGBTQ+ slogans on t-shirts in line with their We Race As One campaign but all t-shirts must be removed for the national anthems prior to the race start.
Valteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll have also been cited for similar breaches before Sunday's race.
Posting on Instagram Stories, Hamilton captioned an image of Vettel in his 'one love' shirt: "Super proud of this guy. There is no rule that says what colour shirt you can wear and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is not reprimandable, this is bs.
"Well done Seb. I'll join you next time with the same shirt!" he wrote in a quickly deleted post before later replacing it with: "Love to see this Seb supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Love always wins."
Vettel's choice of shirt comes as Hungary looks set to introduce a law banning the teaching of LGBTQ+ issues to under-18s.
Hamilton and Vettel were particular outspoken against the legislation in the build up to the grand prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
Initially, the pair finished with Vettel in second and Hamilton in third before the former was disqualified for a fuel infringement, moving the British driver up to second place on the podium.
Esteban Ocon took the chequered flag for Alpine, whilst Hamilton's championship rival Max Verstappen finished down in ninth place.
Hamilton has now reclaimed the lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship and leads the Dutchman by eight points as the season enters its three-week summer break.
Before racing returns in Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton will continue his recovery from long Covid having initially tested positive eight months ago.
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