Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is known for being a pretty good influencer and role model. The 6-time World Champion has been an inspiring figure, both on the track as well as off it. One of his fans who has looked up to Lewis is the famous NASCAR series racer Bubba Wallace.
Hamilton had the privilege of featuring on TIME’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2020.’ A writeup on his influence was undertaken by Wallace.
Wallace, who is one of the most successful African American drivers in NASCAR, shares certain similarities with Hamilton. Writing an article about his idol, Wallace said, “Lewis Hamilton is someone I’ve idolized. He’s poised to win his seventh Formula One championship this season, tying Michael Schumacher’s record.
“Seven is a magic number in racing. Dale Earnhardt Sr, Jimmy Johnson, and Richard Petty have each won seven NASCAR titles. Lewis, 35, is young enough to keep winning championships and setting new all-time records.”
Wallace declared, “I’m the only black driver in NASCAR’s top level. So Lewis’ example – as the lone black F1 driver – is particularly meaningful for me. He shows we’re out there doing it. To see him conquering the track damn near every weekend, it motivates me to try and do the same.”
Hamilton’s story is a motivation for not only those who wish to compete in motorsports, but also for people following other career paths. The Briton has shown that if you put your mind to it, even the impossible becomes achievable.
His hard work, commitment, and dedication along with his undeniable talent have made him the man he is today. However, more importantly, the British powerhouse has remained grounded throughout his career.
He has also put his mass outreach to good use, supporting a number of good causes that have only propped him higher up him in Wallace’s eyes. “His activism has also moved the world, “ said Wallace.
“Lewis’ mental preparation, his aura, his ability to capitalize on every opportunity to use his platform to drive out racism are more than just a model for race car drivers and other athletes. He is an inspiration to everyone.”