F1’s new season will finally go ahead after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic. The revised campaign starts with the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes begin the defence of their titles.
Hamilton says winning this season’s world championship against the backdrop of his personal fight against racism will rank as the ultimate triumph, as he looks to match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles.
The 35-year-old British driver has become an increasingly vocal figure on the Black Lives Matter movement during his enforced time away from the track.
“Winning the title would mean more, given that it is such a momentous year in a sense of this pandemic, which we are still very much in and we are still fighting,” said Hamilton, who was wearing a mandatory face mask.
“On a personal level, the Black Lives Matter movement and fight against inequality and injustice is so important. It is not going to change in our time for our generation, but for our kids’ kids it is such an important moment for us.
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