Just minutes before the drivers walked onto the grid, both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc explained via social media why they would not be kneeling.
In the end, a total of 13 drivers made what is viewed as a symbolic gesture, although all drivers - except Lewis Hamilton who wore a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt - were pictured wearing 'End Racism' t-shirts.
The important takeaway from the weekend is that F1 has now committed to make a change. Whether drivers knelt or not is now irrelevant, as all have voiced anti-racism beliefs and support for the 'We Race as One' initiative.
'Harsh' Austrian kerbs almost end Mercedes charge
Ahead of the race, F1 officials had acted on the concerns of teams and removed the majority of the harsh Red Bull Ring kerbs. These kerbs were extensions to the regular red and white kerbing, and were designed to prevent the abuse of track limits.
Across the free practice sessions, however, numerous teams suffered breakages from those kerbs that remained - most notably McLaren, who endured problems on both cars.
All team personnel were subjected to multiple Covid-19 tests before attending the Red Bull Ring, while hand sanitiser stations were placed at entry points to the paddock as well as at regular intervals inside the arena, and face masks were mandatory.
Teams were placed in their own social bubbles and were unable to mix with other 'bubbles', but, from the outside, it all seemed strangely normal.
Even the socially distanced podium ceremony held on the grid was...normal.
The only difference clearly visible across the duration, were the empty grandstands. That will still take some time to grow accustomed to.
Red Bull versus Mercedes - Protests, penalties and collisions
In the closing stages of the race, with Hamilton hampered by a sensor problem in his gearbox, Alex Albon attempted to pass the six-time F1 champion for second place when, for the second time in three races, the Red Bull driver was turned into a spin.
Leclerc drove what is arguably the race of his life, to drag his Ferrari into second position. Granted, he crossed the line behind both Mercedes and it was only Hamilton's penalty that put him P2, but any podium result would have been an achievement in the SF1000.
In a similar vein, Lando Norris, the star of qualifying, capitalised on Hamilton's penalty to score his maiden F1 podium.
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