"You have to speak up, you have to educate yourself and others around you. Because what I've understood is being silent is kind of part of the problem really.
"I've watched quite a few videos and stuff. There's been so much circulating on Twitter, on Instagram. I felt... I don't know if it's guilty or, how could I be so naive to everything that's been going on? It's not only the last few weeks, but it's been months, it's been years.
"I think because of the volume of everyone getting involved, and all racers getting involved, that's been really powerful."
Hamilton, in particular, has been extremely vocal in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign, recently attending a rally in Hyde Park.
Ricciardo, conceding to being moved by watching UFC fighter Israel Adesanya, a New Zealander of Nigerian descent, who was in tears during a protest march in Auckland, is at least hopeful for the future.
"I'm really happy and glad that all of us have been exposed to it and can understand more about it," Ricciardo added.
"I'm sure it breaks a lot of people's hearts learning about it and to watch videos. Some things, they're so bad that you want to turn your phone off, but I find myself watching, kind of in disbelief. But then I'm like 'How could I have not known more about this?'
"It's good, it's positive, and I think change is really happening."
In response, F1 has recently launched its #WeRaceAsOne campaign designed to promote diversity within the sport.
Ricciardo would like to believe "actions are being taken", adding: "We have to hold ourselves accountable. It's not just a phase, it's not something we do for a week and then we forget about - 'Oh yeah we've done our post on social media and we don't have to worry about it anymore'.
"For real change to happen it needs to continue. I'm glad we're doing what we can now. It's a start."
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