Lewis Hamilton focused on retaining world title and fighting racism

Veteran Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has said he is more focused on winning both the World Championship and fighting racism in the remaining parts of 2020.

The Mercedes driver had a slightly messy weekend at the Austrian GP, after receiving a three-place grid penalty for not slowing for yellow flags in the qualifying stages and then a five-second penalty in the race for a collision with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.

The penalty demoted Hamilton to fourth place, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas won the race and now has a 13-point lead over the Briton in the championship.

Hamilton said he had not decided whether to take the knee again at this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix at the same Red Bull Ring track after Formula 1 drivers stood against racism at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix in which Hamilton finished fourth.

He, however, pointed out that there was not a specific time set aside for such a gesture this weekend and that the build-up to the race did not provide much opportunity to do anything.


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