Lewis Hamilton strives for equality following dominant Styrian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton has singled out Ferrari by claiming they are not doing enough to combat racism.

Following his poor performance at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring in the season opener, Hamilton was in mesmerising form on Sunday to win the Styrian Grand Prix.

He laid the groundwork for the triumph with quite possibly his greatest performance over one lap in Saturday's rain-hit qualifying session.

Hamilton finished 1.2 seconds faster than anyone else at a track with just 10 corners. On Sunday, he roared away from his starting marks and never looked back – taking the chequered flag 13.7secs clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Celebrating his victory, Hamilton performed the Black Power salute twice – on top of his Mercedes and also on the podium.

Hamilton, who took the knee before Sunday's race, then suggested that Ferrari – the sport's grandest team – must do more in the fight for equality.

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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with champagne after the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton raises a fist on the podium after winning the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) celebrate with champagne after the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/AFP via Getty Images)
Second placed Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates with champagne after the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Third placed Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates with his trophy on the podium after the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / various sources / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Mexican driver Sergio Perez steers his car in front of Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
People take pictures as Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas crosses the finish line at the end of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Haas F1's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen steers his car ahead of Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjeanduring the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) and Alfa Romeo's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen steer their cars during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Renault's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo steers his car in front Renault's French driver Esteban Ocon during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat (front) steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's British driver Lando Norris steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Renault's French driver Esteban Ocon (L) steers his car in front of Renault's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's British driver Lando Norris (front) and Racing Point's Mexican driver Sergio Perez steer their cars during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon (R) followed by McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr steers his car during the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Drivers steer their cars at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Track staff members pick up a piece of a car on the race tracks following a collision at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) leads from the pole position at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) leads from the pole position at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) leads from the pole position at the start of the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / various sources / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Drives take part in an anti-racism protest in support of the Black Lives matter movement prior to the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / various sources / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (L) and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton take part in an anti-racism protest in support of the Black Lives matter movement prior to the Formula One Styrian Grand Prix race on July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson / various sources / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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"Formula One has come forward and said they are supporting ending racism, and it is amazing to see Mercedes are also doing that, but no other team has done a single thing," said Hamilton.

"Red Bull mechanics have taken a knee, but if you look at Ferrari they have thousands of people working for them, but I have heard no word of Ferrari saying that they hold themselves accountable, and what they are going to do in the future.

"We have to continue to push for equality and raise awareness. For me personally, it is going to be a lifelong thing.

"We spoke about taking a knee in the drivers' briefing and what we intended to do. Some were asking how long we have to continue to do this. Some felt like doing it once last week was enough.

"I just 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."

Hamilton dominated from pole to move to within six points of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship.

The Formula One circus now heads to Budapest for the third round of a truncated season. It is a venue where Hamilton has won a remarkable seven times.

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"I am over the moon to have a performance like this today," he added. "This feels like a long time coming since my last win at the final race of last year.

"It is a great come back from a difficult first weekend. It is easy to lose focus and determination, but I don't ever see that with this team.

"We know there's a long way to go and it's a challenge for everyone, but this performance is a step forward, for sure."

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