Motorsport boss Jean Todt says he “admires” and “respects” Lewis Hamilton for promoting anti-racism.
Hamilton has been at the forefront of F1’s decision this year to promote a pro-diversity campaign, including pre-race anti-racism demonstrations.
FIA president Todt said: “I respect somebody who has belief and who tries to use his image, his voice, his leadership to protect something.
“I admire people who engage where they believe they can bring something.”
Todt said motorsport governing body the FIA would continue to push the agenda “as much as we feel we are able to contribute”.
F1 boss Chase Carey has donated $1m of his own money towards the sport’s diversity programme, a figure matched by the FIA.