Hamilton earns praise for LGBTQ+ ‘incredible act of allyship’

Lewis Hamilton has been praised for “an incredible act of allyship” after wearing a rainbow-coloured helmet in practice at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

The seven-time Formula One world champion’s helmet bore the colours of the Progress Pride flag — a banner which includes the traditional rainbow design with additional colours that recognise the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Campaign groups have continued to highlight discriminatory laws against women and LGBTQ+ individuals in Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 men’s football World Cup.