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The F1 racer was divided into a number of not choosing to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in front of the Austrian Grand Prix



The F1 racer was divided into a number of not choosing to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in front of the Austrian Grand Prix
All 20 drivers gathered at the starting line before the Austrian Grand Prix, the first race of the season after a three-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lewis Hamilton, who had used a platform large enough to speak out against racial and social injustice, knelt on the front lines wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, while the other drivers wrote “End Racism” written on them.

Before the race, the Ferrari driver Leclerc posted a series of tweets explaining why he chose not to kneel with his friends.

“All 20 racers united with their team against racism and prejudice, at the same time adhering to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, supporting the commitment of Formula 1 and FIA,” he wrote.

“I believe that what is important is the facts and behavior in our daily lives rather than the formal attitude which can be considered controversial in some countries. I will not bend my knees but this does not at all mean that I am less committed than others in the United States. against racism. “

Verstappen echoed Leclerc’s comments, writing: “I am very committed to equality and the struggle against racism. But I believe everyone has the right to express themselves at a time and in a way that suits them. I will not bend my knees today but respect and support a personal choice made by each driver. “

A total of six drivers chose not to kneel. The other four are Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.

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A very striking different attitude occurred less than two weeks after Formula One launched the “We Race as One” initiative, which was aimed at overcoming racism and inequality.

Just days after the initiative was launched, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was widely condemned for his comments on racism.

“In many cases, black people are more racist than white people,” the 89-year-old told CNN, leading F1 to release a statement and break free from his comments.

Business as usual

Although the gap was extended before the start of the season, normal service was back on track as Valtteri Bottas gave Mercedes the top position on the podium.

It looked like Mercedes would finish with two of its drivers in the first and second, but Hamilton was given a five-second penalty only four laps from the end for his role in the collision with Red Bull Alex Albon.

That allowed Leclerc to take second and give young McLaren driver Lando Norris a third place for his first podium in Formula One.

Hamilton hasn’t won in Austria since 2016, with team-mate Bottas taking one win and Max Verstappen from Red Bull winning two other wins in the following years.

The six-time world champion fought hard from the start, having been dropped from second place to fifth less than an hour before the start of the race.

Three top racers celebrate at the new podium which has social distance.

Hamilton was initially cleared by the guards for failing to slow down the yellow flag during qualifying, but was given a last minute penalty after a complaint from Red Bull.

It was reported that the new evidence provided by Red Bull for the ban was a video posted on the Formula One Twitter account.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner said the footage was only released by race promoters on Sunday morning, which is why it was not available for investigation on Saturday.

Bottas carried out orders to ignore the drama behind him and lead the race from start to finish, even though there were moments of stress after a number of safety car deployments.

Verstappen looked like the only racer who was able to challenge the top two racers from the start, but the power problem with the car forced the Dutch driver who retired earlier on lap 11.

The four-time champion, Sebastian Vettel, ended after 31 laps following a collision with Carlos Sainz, the man who replaced him at Ferrari next year.

The modified Formula One season, which has already canceled a number of grand prix, continues with another race in Austria next weekend, before heading to Hungary.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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