"I'm ready to show in any way that I am against racism, but the knee is something that I opted not to do on Sunday."
Kneeling has, in some countries, taken on a more political meaning and no longer solely represents the campaign for equality.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz added: "I think we showed on Sunday how strong we all feel, how a united group of drivers are standing in front of everyone, declaring themselves totally against this matter [racism], and that we are going to take action together with Formula 1.
"I felt like that was enough, and everyone has their own right to explain themselves or to show themselves. That is the decision I took."
Charles Leclerc, who also remained standing, said: "I think the explanation of having the choice of showing it the way you want is enough. I wanted to stand against racism, and that is what I did."
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