But not all drivers did the same with seven in total standing behind with their own personal reasons for their actions.
While accepting that enforcing solidarity is not the right way to go, Hamilton reflected afterwards on the display and said those not kneeling should look at other sports for inspiration on what a united front can achieve.
“I’m not going to tell you what my opinion on whether or not everyone needs to or not,” said Hamilton to RaceFans.net.
“But if you look at all the other sports, look at basketball, you look at football and Spanish teams, Italian teams, teams all over the world, no matter what nationality or mixture they are, they’re all doing it united.
“When the reason for perhaps not doing it is how you think it will feel how would it be perceived in your country, all you have to do is look at the other sports because they are doing it. So I do hope that bit by bit we can come more and more together and more united.”
While Hamilton was not dismissing each driver’s individual agency to choose not to kneel, he was suggesting that the cause would be bolstered if they put their differences aside for the greater good.
Raikkonen posted on Facebook his thoughts on the kneeling issue, reiterating there should be no expectations to kneel and that choosing not to does not mean he is against fighting racism.
“We are of course all against racism and we have shown our support. But I don’t think we need to explain if we don’t take knee or whatever we do.
“It is everyone’s personal choice. I haven’t talked about it (kneeling) with him (Lewis Hamilton).
“And even if I were, I wouldn’t talk about it here.
“Whatever happens between people, I have no interest in talking about it in public.”