Formula 1's return in Austria came in a vastly-different global climate to the one in which the planned season-opener in Australia was cancelled in March. The true severity and devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic only became clear shortly after most of the F1 paddock had returned home, forcing the opening 10 races of the season to be called off.
But as F1 geared up to get the season underway, anti-racism protests and activism were sparked across the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the United States at the end of May. It prompted people of all races, cultures and social standing to think about their stance against racial injustice. While efforts against racism will never go far enough until it is eradicated completely, what more can we do?
It is something Lewis Hamilton - the only black driver in F1 history - encouraged his peers to consider. He called on them to use their platforms to amplify the message condemning racism, with many subsequently doing so.