Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), the seven-time world champion and current champion of the championship, promised in an interview with the ASQ newspaper this Thursday “Formula 1 has become the club of nBillionaire years“.
The English pilot thought, “If he had to start from a working class family, it would not be possible for him to be here today.” “Because other guys have so much money. We have to work for it, to make it an accessible sport, for the rich and for the most humble people, “he said.
In that vein, Lewis Hamilton expressed his desire to foster diversity in his sport and his desire to “help someone else fulfill their dreams”. “I have achieved many things, But now my concentration is all on moving towards helping others. I live a dream and I don’t need anything, ”he stressed.
When asked about his appearance, Hamilton commented that he had “never seen” another black driving stage.
“My father, my brother and I have always been people of color, It’s normal for us even though we always know it. It had become normal and, of course, it became clear at first that we were not welcome. It is still the same today. After karting I met two Chinese or Asian riders. But not the black pilot. I knew it from the first moment I came to the karting round, and I have been reminded of it in every race since I was eight years old. But it continues now, there is an Asian pilot here, no black, he did not come from behind, “he lamented.
Faced with this situation, Stevenage Pilot decided to launch a “commission that will show black people all the challenges that white people experience and that white people do not.”
“This is not a question of division, we want to educate people together. If you have a friend who belongs to a minority, you can ask him what kind of difficulties he may have faced because he is different. In my case, I had uncomfortable conversations with my boss, Mercedes, sponsorsWe should have them, we should not be ashamed, but look at what we can do to achieve a very different F1 like any other business. It will take time, but it will not change overnight We are all the same even though our skin color is differentHe insisted.
In that sense, Hamilton acknowledged that Formula 1 was his “second priority,” but he acknowledged that his commitment to diversity needed to “continue to be the best in the race”.
There is talent among some young people
This season, he admits, he’s having fun with Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), but he does not know who can lead the future of Formula 1. “There are a lot of good young talent here. Given this opportunity, Lando (Norris) has tremendous potential for me, as well as Charles (Leklerk). I can not predict which of them will lead this game,” said Lewis Hamilton.