Lewis Hamilton calls for huge changes in F1 – Coming from a fairly modest family, Lewis Hamilton has managed to make a career in Formula One. However, a career like his has become almost unthinkable for the current generation according to Lewis.
The British ex-Formula 1 Champion would therefore like to see some changes so that his sport becomes accessible to all, but really is this a genuine call or the mark of pure hypocrisy?
Lewis Hamilton came from a modest family, but he still managed to make a career in Formula 1. For this, the British driver can thank McLaren and Ron Dennis, which supported him at the time, but also his father, Anthony, who remortgaged the family house and took on a number of odd jobs to finance the beginning of the 37-year-old driver’s career, who has now been crowned world champion seven times.
However, a career like Lewis Hamilton’s is almost unthinkable these days, as Formula One is becoming increasingly expensive for young people. Hamilton says he would like to see this change so that his sport becomes accessible to just about everyone.
Hamilton wants F1 to become “an accessible sport, for the wealthy as well as for people from more modest backgrounds”. Touching on his core messages of fairness and equality seen and proven in recent years by his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“If I had to start from scratch in a working class family, it would be impossible for me to be [in F1] today because the other boys would have a lot more money.
“We need to change that to make it an accessible sport, for the rich and for people from humble backgrounds,” Lewis Hamilton said in an interview with AS, reported by Motorsport.com.
But really, is Hamilton being genuine with his support in the matter? Could such a statement be considered hypocritical? The fact is, he was disadvantaged to begin with, and it is very true that his father and the family had to give up a lot to support his karting career, but the truth is once McLaren and Ron Dennis started supporting him, he was far more privileged than his competitors. And this was the case from the latter years of his karting up until his first F1 drive with McLaren in 2007.
Regardless, the point of the matter is that yes the stepping stones that are required for karters to become F1 stars are getting tougher financially, and highlighting this issue is a good thing. But never believe that Hamilton was disadvantaged in his junior career because once support came from McLaren he enjoyed the best of everything ensuring he would have the biggest opportunities over his rivals.
This is an unsavoury fact that does not fit with the ‘brand Hamilton’ today.