Lewis Hamilton Narrates ‘A Lonely Journey’ in the Fight for Breaking Barriers in F1

Published 05/03/2022, 8:44 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Fifth placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

As a competitive and fierce racer, Lewis Hamilton has won numerous honors and hearts across the world. This, however, is only a small part of his story. Because, alongside the success to be found on the track, he has done extraordinary things in other areas of his life.

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Whether it’s his kindness and desire to help others, or his efforts to organize charitable institutions, the Briton is undoubtedly an inspiration to many across the globe. Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, he made an appearance in the Good Morning America show. He spoke about the existing issues in terms of diversity and his ‘lonely journey’ in Formula 1.

Lewis Hamilton reveals his intention to improve diversity in F1

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F1 fans and drivers are gearing up for the Miami Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton took time out to speak about the need for the sport to increase diversity. He also revealed that his 16-year journey in Formula 1 has been lonely.

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

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

“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,” the superstar racer added.

The Mercedes driver started Hamilton Commission with an aim of addressing the diversity issue in Formula 1.

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In order to help shape the future of motor sport, Hamilton set out to educate himself on the lack of diversity and the difficulties faced by those who are trying to take it further. He has also commissioned a research that focuses on how these issues can be addressed.

Speaking on the Hamilton’s Commission research, he said, “We put together this body of work of research to try and understand what those barriers are. We found there are not only in our industry where we have over 40,000 jobs. But only one per cent come from black backgrounds, but there are real systemic issues within the educational system as well. “

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As a result, he also started Mission 44 with an aim to tackle these problems. “With the Hamilton Commission we’ve now started mission 44, which I’ve funded myself to try and create more representation, support and empowerment for these young under-served groups,” he concluded.

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Hamilton’s work is certainly inspiring, to say the least. We hope he continues to spread awareness across the globe.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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