On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton took his 92nd Formula One victory, effectively breaking Michael Schumacher’s record. Naturally, several athletes offered their congratulations to the British star. Among the well-wishers was the African-American driver, Bubba Wallace.
Wallace and Hamilton have a lot of respect for each other, even though they are in different spheres of motorsports. Hamilton has often acknowledged Wallace’s efforts to encourage more African-American racers in NASCAR. On the same wavelength, Wallace has applauded Lewis Hamilton’s achievements in Formula One.
Back in late September, Bubba Wallace congratulated Lewis Hamilton for making it onto the Time 100 list. He also spoke about the prospect of the Mercedes driver tying with Michael Schumacher in terms of championships.
He said, “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 is the only colored driver racing in NASCAR’s top flight. Similarly, Lewis Hamilton is the sole colored driver in Formula One, and so they resonate with each other.
It is also worth noting that Hamilton knows about Bubba Wallace’s exploits. In fact, he even congratulated him for his new deal with Michael Jordan’s new team, 23XI Racing.
Additionally, when controversy erupted after a makeshift noose was discovered in Wallace’s garage, Lewis Hamilton was one of many sports stars who stood by Wallace.
Hamilton wrote, “So proud of everyone in NASCAR for standing together and showing up in the face of adversity and discrimination!”
Now, Bubba Wallace intends to wrap up the 2020 season before moving to his new team. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of a record-equalling 7 titles. The record books are practically being re-written, and Hamilton is the new author.