Lewis Hamilton has praised his Mercedes team for joining him in taking the knee ahead of his victory at the Styrian Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 world champion is continuing to lead the sport's protests against racial inequality and, like last week, took to the track wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt.

Rival drivers were seen on the grid wearing tops donning the slogan 'End Racism' on top of their racing gear.

Hamilton then took to one knee, while the 35-year-old went on to bow his head and hold his first up to protest against systematic racism on the podium after the race.

Hamilton, other drivers and the Mercedes team took the knee before the race

The Brit later posted on Twitter to thank his team for their support in taking the knee.

He wrote: "We stand together. The team today took the knee which was just amazing to see that together we can learn and be open minded of what’s going on in the world.

"Thank you to everyone in my team and to you #TeamLH, I appreciate all of your support and your positive messages."

Last week, Hailton explained that he appreciates the support of those who take the knee with him, but acknowledged that the gesture alone will not bring about racial equality.

"I am really grateful for those who did it along with me," he said. "It is a powerful message but whether you kneel or do not kneel, that is not going to change the world. It is a bigger issue than that."

Hamilton qualified for the Grand Prix in pole position and went on to win the race by over 13 seconds to earn his first win of the new season.

He trails fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas by six points in the F1 Drivers' Championship after two races, both of which have been hosted at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.