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F1 star Lewis Hamilton will wear rainbow helmet to 'stand with' Florida's LGBTQ community

The world-famous British racer made his comments ahead of Formula One action in South Florida this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton at the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at in Fla.
Lewis Hamilton at the F1 Grand Prix of Miami in Florida on Thursday.Dan Istitene / Formula 1 via Getty Images

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Famed Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton will wear a rainbow-adorned helmet this weekend in support of the LGBTQ community's battle against legislation it has deemed as hostile.

Hamilton, a long-time supporter of LGBTQ rights, didn't call out any specific legislation in Florida, where the "Don't Say Gay" education law and a proposed measure against drag performances have drawn fire from civil rights advocates.

“I did hear and have read about some of the decisions that have been made in government here and I do not agree with it and I do not support it,” the British racer told reporters ahead of the Miami Grand Prix.

“I really do continue to stand with the LGBTQ community and I’m wearing a rainbow flag on my helmet this weekend," he continued. "I just really want to continue to support the community here and let them know I stand with them and I hope they continue to fight against it.”

Hamilton's comments came the same day as Florida's state Senate passed a ban against gender-affirming treatment for transgender minors.

Hamilton, one of the world's most famous F1 racers who is fourth in the standings, stopped short of saying he'd oppose holding future races in Florida.

“It’s not for me to decide something like that" he said.

Hamilton made a clear distinction between residents of Miami and the lawmakers in Tallahassee.

"It’s not the people in Miami that are making these decisions, it’s the people in government and that’s the issue," he said. "The sport is going to be here whether or not I am. Whilst I’m here, I’m just going to try to continue to be supportive and just by being here and having that on my helmet hopefully that speaks volumes. Hopefully.”

Hamilton didn't mention Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by name though the potential GOP presidential candidate has not shied away from these lightning rod issues in raising his national profile.

A DeSantis rep scoffed at Hamilton's comments and said Americans haven't had to pay attention to British opinion since John Hancock and his friends signed papers in summer 1776.

"The British haven’t had any say over policy in the United States for approximately 246 years, and that isn’t going to change today," Deputy Press Secretary Jeremy T. Redfern said in a statement to NBC News on Friday.

Dustin Long reported from Miami Gardens and David K. Li from New York City.