Lewis Hamilton Throws His Weight Behind Naomi Osaka’s Emotional TIME Magazine Cover

Published 07/10/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton, in addition to being known as one of the GOATs of F1, is also known for his outspoken nature. The Briton is vocal about many social issues, including sustainability, inequality, and mental health. So, when Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open due to mental health concerns, he publicly supported her.

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And now, he took to Instagram to support the tennis sensation after her iconic “It’s O.K. to not be O.K.” TIME magazine cover.

Tennis -WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka looks dejected after losing her second round match against Jessica Pegula of U.S. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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We’re only human beings: Lewis Hamilton on Osaka’s mental health

As reported by Sky Sports, Hamilton spoke about the effort that it takes to reach the top. He also mentioned that mental health issues are not a joke and need to be taken seriously.

“As athletes, we are pushing ourselves to the limit, we are on the edge, and we’re only human beings,” said Hamilton addressing the issue of mental health in sports.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

She is an incredible athlete and human being, and her activism has been just so impactful. At such a young age there is so much weight on her shoulders, it’s inevitable.

The fact is when you are young you are thrown into the limelight and spotlight; it weighs heavily on you. The thing is most of us are not prepared,” said the seven-time world champion.

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Can Hamilton equal Schumacher’s record of most wins at a single circuit?

Lewis Hamilton is the most successful British driver of all time. He has won the British Grand Prix a record 7 times with his most recent win coming last year. This time around, he has the opportunity to equal another record held by Michael Schumacher – most wins at a single circuit.

Schumacher won the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours eight times, and if Hamilton wins the race at Silverstone this year, he will add his name to another page of the history books of F1.

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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 Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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