Lewis Hamilton said that his motivation to stay in Formula 1 after the seventh World Cup was an opportunity to use his platform to make the world a better place.
Hamilton reached a new level with Michael Schumacher’s championship record, with a strong desire to win the Turkish Grand Prix.
While Hamilton was successful this season, he also spoke openly about issues of racial equality and diversity. The world champion set up the Hamilton Commission earlier this year to promote greater diversity in motorsport.
Hamilton knelt down before every Formula 1 race and wore a shirt with the words Black Lives Matter before every Grand Prix – before and after the event in Mugello in September he wore a shirt with the words Arrest the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor.
There was speculation that Hamilton, who has not yet signed a contract with Mercedes to extend his contract beyond 2020, could leave F1 at the end of the season, but he underestimated that possibility.
I feel like I’m just getting started, he said. It’s really weird. I feel physically and mentally fit.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Lewis Hamilton raises his fist in celebration of his seventh world championship after the Turkish Grand Prix. Joe Portlock – Formula 1/ Formula 1 via Getty Images)
I’d like to stay. I feel like we still have a lot to do here. You know what we just started. I want to take my responsibility as an athlete to recognise that we must face and not ignore the human rights challenges in the countries we visit.
That way we can deal with these countries and help them by giving them the chance to do more to make a real difference, not in ten or twenty years, but now. I want to help Formula One. I want to help Mercedes make this trip.
And more stable, you know, like a sport. All that, if we want to be more resilient. I’d like to try to be a part of it, at least in the beginning.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Lewis Hamilton was wearing a shirt that said: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor, before and after the Tuscany Grand Prix. Dan Eastitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 by Getty Images
Later he called on people to unite and make the world a more equal place.
Hamilton wrote about Instagram: During the journey to today and even after crossing the border, I gathered my thoughts about what was most important to me. This year has been so unpredictable.
Because of the pandemic and because the season was clearly postponed by a few months, I had the most downtime of my life. It gave me a chance to think about my ultimate goal. Seven world championships is a lot for me, I can’t even describe how many, but there is still one race to win.
This year I was not only motivated by the desire to win on the track, but also by the desire to make our sport and our world more diverse and inclusive. I promise I won’t stop fighting for change. We still have a long way to go, but I will continue to fight for equality in our sport and in the world we live in.
The same Michael Schumacher file enlightens me, which I know won’t always be there. So, while you’re here and listening carefully, I’d like to ask everyone to contribute to a fairer world. Let’s be a little more accommodating and friendly to each other. Let’s make sure that this possibility does not depend on the background or the color of the skin.
Nothing’s impossible. The motivation for me this year was to set an example for the next generation never to give up my dreams. Many have told me that my dream is impossible, but here I am. I want you to know you can. Never give up, keep fighting, and stay on the right path.
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