Is Lewis Hamilton the Only Vegan F1 Driver?

Published 12/25/2021, 4:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


In recent years, veganism has been spreading like wildfire around the world, with a handful of athletes too and driving themselves to pursue vegan diets. One big entity in the world of motorsports that follows a vegan diet is the 7-time F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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Not just Hamilton, but also his four-legged companion, Roscoe, follow a vegan diet. Hence, this might lead a few to wonder whether the Briton is the only F1 driver to follow the vegan diet. Or, are there any other drivers who don’t consume animal products?

Lewis Hamilton had company for 6 weeks.

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There was one other driver who experimented with veganism – Sebastian Vettel. During an interview back in 2019, the German revealed that he had maintained a six-week streak of following a vegan diet in 2018.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin embraces Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas in parc ferme after the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

It lasted about six weeks and I learned a lot from it. I have studied the subject intensively and there is no real diet. Everyone is different, everybody reacts differently,” he said. “But I now eat less meat and pay more attention to the quality of the products, which is relatively easy in Switzerland. There are now also more vegetables on my plate.”

As of 2021, Vettel is not vegan anymore. Although, Hamilton continues to exist as the only driver to follow the diet. Moreover, several F1 drivers including Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, and Romain Grosjean have contradicted Hamilton’s claim that turning vegan would pay a dividend to the environment.

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Why did Hamilton turn vegan?

Back in 2017, the Mercedes driver revealed that when he had realized even producing a cow could lead to the emission of global-warming gases. He decided to stay away from meat and all dairy products.

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After successfully turning vegan, he further urged his followers to adhere to his food diet. He advises on how to cope with the transition.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 04: Second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 04, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Don’t go hard,” he told Men’s Health. “You’ve just got to taper off things: stop eating chocolate, stop eating dairy and then slowly stop eating meat and stop eating fish. Go pescatarian for a while. That’s what I did…and I don’t miss a single thing.”

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Bottom line, Hamilton is indeed the one and only Formula 1 driver to be following a vegan diet. But, how long will this lonely journey last for the 7-time world champion? Will more drivers start seeking a similar diet in the coming years?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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