F1 GOAT Lewis Hamilton Remembers Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson as He Steps Into the American Air of Greatness

Published 05/05/2022, 8:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 22, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Jackie Robinson is an iconic name in the American sporting world. He was the first black baseball player who played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He has inspired a generation of athletes of color, including the likes of 7-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix race weekend, the Mercedes driver took to his Instagram stories to pay homage to Robinson. The British driver mentioned that the baseball legend continually inspired him and what he did for the community.

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” Also, since I’m in the States, definitely thinking of Jackie Robinson as I get ready for the weekend. One of the greatest American athletes who inspires me constantly. He fought so much, accomplished so much, and broke so many boundaries,” wrote Hamilton on his Insta story.

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The Mercedes driver recently spoke out about why he considers his F1 journey as lonely.

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The Mercedes driver mentioned that growing up, it was a very lonely environment for him as he was the only child of color vying for the chance in F1. He revealed he could not find an answer as to why there were not many people of color in the sport.

“It’s been genuinely quite a lonely journey. Me and my family were the only black family. I’ve been racing for 29 years, I’m 37 now. But I’ve been professional for 16 years and always most often being the only person of color in the room,” said Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“And when I asked the question, there was no real great feedback answer to that question. So I put together the Hamilton Commission because it starts with education and understanding,” said the 7-time world champion.

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Hamilton has always been a massive advocate of inclusivity and diversity in Formula One. He can have a Jackie Robinson-like impact in the world of motorsports by the time he ends his career.

But hopefully, with all his efforts, he can see a change in Formula One in terms of diversity and inclusivity. It is also nice to see him paying homage to one of the biggest names in US Sports ahead of the Miami GP.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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