The seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, has been a powerful and leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and he also challenged his own sport and industry to do more to improve diversity. Hamilton regularly took a knee ahead of races last season, with a dozen drivers regularly joining him.

In a post on his social channels alongside an image of his participation in a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest in London last year, Hamilton wrote: “Black Lives Matter. Last year some of us took a knee in support of equality which I am proud of.

“My question is, what’s next? The inequities within our sport and within the world persist.

“Change is still needed. We must keep pushing to hold ourselves and others accountable. We have to keep striving for equality for all, in order to continue to see true and lasting change in our world.”

The Mercedes Driver Hamilton, who was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honors list, earlier this month signed a new one-year Mercedes deal to continue in F1 and as part of the agreement the two parties are creating a charitable foundation with the aim of improving diversity within motorsport.

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The 36-year-old also last year launched the “Hamilton Commission” to investigate the barriers to those from underrepresented backgrounds entering motorsport.

In his social media post, Hamilton added: “As long as I have air in my lungs, I will continue to fight for change in everything I do.

“I will work to create pathways and opportunities for kids of color, within sciences, engineering and creative disciplines. “Let’s keep pushing. What are you committed to?”

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