The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-13

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17 The Daily Telegraph Monday 13 July 2020 *** Sport Hamilton storms to victory and vows lifelong racism fight Formula One at Spielberg By Philip Duncan Defending champion makes Black Power salute on podium Ferrari in crisis after Leclerc smashes into Vettel on first lap do,” Hamilton said. “Some were asking how long we have to continue to do this. Some felt like doing it once last week was enough. “I had to encourage them and say that racism is going to be around for longer than our time here. “People of colour, who are subjected to racism, don’t have time to take a moment to protest once and then for that to be it. We have to continue to raise awareness. For me, it is going to be a lifelong thing.” Chase Carey, F1’s chairman, has vowed to put in $1 million (£783,000) of his own money to improve diversity in the sport he rules. The FIA has also pledged more than £900,000. But Hamilton, 35, added: “Although it is great to see Chase being so kind to donate the million dollars, and it has been great to see the FIA step up, if you don’t know the problem you don’t fix it, and a million dollars doesn’t go that far. “A lot of work needs to go on in F1 and the FIA really needs to be a part of it – and the drivers, too.” Following his poor performanc­e at the same venue the previous weekend, Hamilton was in mesmerisin­g form at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring this time. He laid the groundwork for yesterday’s triumph with possibly his greatest performanc­e over one lap in Saturday’s rain-hit qualifying session. Hamilton finished 1.2sec faster than anyone else at a track with just 10 corners. Yesterday, he roared away from his starting marks and never looked back – taking the chequered flag 13.7sec clear of Bottas. Bottas completed a one-two for Mercedes when he overtook Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with just four laps remaining. And it is the Finn who holds a six-point lead Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 85th victory of his Formula One career by performing a Black Power salute – and then vowed to spend the rest of his life fighting racism. In the moments after a dominant performanc­e to win the Styrian Grand Prix, Hamilton stood on top of his black Mercedes car, clenching his right fist in the air. Then, after collecting his winner’s silverware, Hamilton, now with his helmet off, looked down on the tarmac. Holding the gold trophy in his left hand, he sent his clenched right fist skywards. Hamilton’s powerful celebratio­ns against the backdrop of the Styrian mountains were a nod to African-American 200metres runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos – who first performed the anti-racism gesture after taking gold and bronze respective­ly at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. Before the race, Hamilton took a knee for the second week in a row. He was joined by 11 of the 20 drivers in what is becoming an increasing­ly uncomforta­ble image for the sport’s bosses. Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas took the lead, but some drivers stood, some arrived late, and others were not even there. The grid is appearing increasing­ly divided on the subject. It should also be noted that the television feed cut to a Red Bull parachutis­t as Hamilton, wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, knelt. “We spoke about it in the drivers’ briefing and what we intended to Speilberg World Ch'ship Standings 10 Daniil Kvyat 71 Laps Drivers Lewis Hamilton 11 Kimi Raikkonen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton Lando Norris Charles Leclerc Sergio Perez Max Verstappen Carlos Sainz Alexander Albon Pierre Gasly Lance Stroll (GB) Mercedes GP 1hr 20min 50.683secs 12 Kevin Magnussen Valtteri Bottas 13 Romain Grosjean (Finland) Mercedes GP 1:21:04.402 14 Antonio Giovinazzi 3 15 Pierre Gasly Max Verstappen (Holland) Red Bull 1:21:24.381 16 George Russell Manufactur­ers 1 2 3 5 17 Nicholas Latifi 4 Alexander Albon (Thailand) Red Bull 1:21:35.083 (GB) McLaren 1:21:52.153 (Mexico) Racing Point 1:21:53.070 (Canada) Racing Point 1:21:53.136 (Australia) Renault 1:21:53.274 (Spain) McLaren at 1 lap 4 6 8 7 Not Classified 5 Lando Norris 9 18 Esteban Ocon 10 6 Sergio Perez Race schedule 19 Charles Leclerc Hungary Great Britain Great Britain Spain Belgium Italy Mogyoród Silverston­e Silverston­e Barcelona Francorcha­mp Monza 7 Lance Stroll 20 Sebastian Vettel 8 Daniel Ricciardo Fastest Lap Sainz Hamilton 9 Carlos Sainz Pole

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