The title duel between Mercedes’ Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is finely poised as F1 makes its debut at the Losail circuit in Doha. However, in Qatar, the focus was once again on human rights issues. Workers claim that improvements to the country’s restricted kafala labor sponsorship system have been ineffectual, while human rights organizations continue to emphasize repressive male guardianship rules as well as discriminatory laws against women and LGBTQ+ people.
Hamilton has been vocal about the need for F1 to address such issues in the countries it visits, and he did so again in Qatar.
“We’re aware there are issues in these places that we’re going to,” he said. “But of course [Qatar] seems to be deemed as one of the worst in this part of the world. As sports go to these places, they are duty bound to raise awareness for these issues. These places need scrutiny. Equal rights is a serious issue.”
source : guardian sport