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Hamilton pays tribute
Social media around the world has erupted into an outpouring of tributes to the late Nelson Mandela, a man who requires no introduction. Lewis Hamilton posted this picture on his Facebook page.
The picture had the caption, “One of the most special moments in my life was meeting the great Madiba. One of the most inspirational human beings to have lived & without doubt the nicest man I ever met. I will miss you, we will miss you Madiba. God rest your soul, I love you like a son loves a father. Rest in Peace. Lewis & Family xxx.”
Strong words from another figure who has broken barriers. Hamilton was the first black Formula One driver, although obviously race plays a very limited role (if any) in Formula One, it is interesting to see how much of an inspiration Mandela was to the 2008 World Champion. Furthermore, another sign from Lewis Hamilton of maturity. He has come a long way from his disaster 2011 season, where he notably made certain comments using Ali G’s catchphrase at the Monaco GP. 2014 is just round the corner with a new set of regulations offering a new challenge to the drivers – a level headed Lewis is a force to be reckoned with!
A quote F1 could learn from
With the news on Wednesday circulating of the final nail in the coffin of the 2014 New Jersey GP, it has shown how far Formula One still has to go to make a lasting impression in the States, despite the success of the Austin GP over the past 2 years. One quote from Nelson Mandela stood out from an article I read in the recent hours.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
The jury is still out on whether the GP will go ahead in the future, with Ecclestone insisting that this is just a setback and not the permanent cancellation. Either way, it seems the New Jersey local government were not bothered enough by the idea of the race to fund (and save) it. So TJ13 readers, how can Formula One speak the language of American motorsport enthusiasts and (eventually) find a place in the heart of a nation where NASCAR dominates?