He takes a knee before all races and has recently commissioned a self-titled report into representation of ethnic minority communities in racing.
The Hamilton Commission found that black people make up less than 1% of the workforce in UK motor racing.
In an interview with Sky Sports at Silverstone, Hamilton said of the report: “I was asking a lot of questions for a long, long time, for years. Why am I one of the very few people of colour here? There was never a good answer, no one ever knew.
“No one was going to do the work so it was the perfect opportunity for me. I was like ‘I’m going to do the work and get the research in’.
“For me I really wanted to understand the root of the cause so that I could know better but also the industry, we can go on a journey together.”
Verstappen stayed in the cockpit for a few minutes after the crash before emerging and being taken away in an ambulance.
Hamilton asked over his radio: “Is Max okay?”, to which Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington replied: “He is out of the car.”
Hamilton told his Mercedes team the position in the corner was his and the collision was not his fault.
“I was ahead going in there,” he said. “I was fully inside, it was my line, and he turned in on me.”
Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital for further precautionary tests.
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Following his 10-second penalty, Hamilton managed to pass Ferrari’s second place Charles Leclerc with just two-and-a-half laps to go.
Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate, came third after obeying team orders to let Hamilton through and chase Leclerc to the chequered flag.
But after being “taken to a local hospital for further cautionary tests”, Verstappen posted on social media saying Hamilton’s move had been “dangerous” and his victory celebrations were “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike”.
Celebrating his win, Hamilton said: “This is a dream for me today, to do it in front of you all.
“I always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly with battling with Max, he’s very aggressive. And then today I was fully alongside him and he didn’t leave space.”
Speaking to the biggest crowd to attend a sporting event in Britain since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamilton continued: “Regardless of whether I agree with the penalty, I take it on the chin and I just kept working.
“I was like ‘I’m not going to let anything get in the way of the crowd’s enjoyment of the weekend and the national anthem and the British flag’.”
However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner fully blamed Hamilton for the crash, telling race control: “That’s an enormous accident and it was 100% Max’s corner.
“As far as I’m concerned, full blame lies on Hamilton. You could have had a massive accident and thank God he walks away unscathed. I hope you are going to deal with it properly.”
Hamilton’s win – his eighth on home turf – moved him to within eight points of Verstappen in the drivers world championship.
It was also the 99th win of his Formula One career and fourth of the current campaign.
Verstappen had won three consecutive races heading into the British Grand Prix.
But Sunday’s outcome was the worst possible result for the current leader, who had started on pole position with a 33-point lead and was seeking a fourth win in a row – but instead was left with zero points.