Stop putting me in the same group as these disgusting people that are discriminating others because of their skin colour, religion or gender. I'm not part of them and I never will. I've always been respectful to everyone and that should be the standard in today's world. 2/3
Six drivers stood during the protests at three of the opening four races, with Kevin Magnussen adding to this number at the British Grand Prix.
F1 has maintained throughout that drivers will be allowed to protest in the way they see fit as individuals, whether this means taking the knee or not. To do so is an action synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Explaining his remarks on social media, Leclerc added: "I just don't want to be judged any more.
"As I've said many times before, I'm quite active on social media and I just do not accept any more to be called the way I have been called in the last few weeks, negatively obviously, just because of not kneeling.
"That is it. I just wanted to make a straightforward tweet just to express my feelings and that is it."
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