Hamilton follows win with message

Sports | REUTERS 14 Jul 2020

World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula 1, raised a fist on the podium after taking his first victory of the season at the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.

The Briton, six wins short of equaling Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91, has been outspoken in anti-racism campaigning.

The Mercedes driver had taken a knee on the starting grid with some of the other drivers, though the television feed quickly cut away to a stunt parachutist.

The race itself was ran without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hamilton, 35, also had "Black Lives Matter" on his helmet, and he raised a clenched fist while standing on his racing car - now painted black rather than the usual silver.

Hamilton, who also took a knee last weekend before the season-opening race at the same circuit, last month launched an effort to push diversity in motorsport and said he expected such campaigning to be "a lifelong thing."

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