At the age of 37, Lewis Hamilton is closer to the end than the beginning of his career, and in recent years, the British driver has spoken out on a number of social issues. As the twilight of his racing begins, he is becoming more vocal in the media about how he believes things should change. In a lengthy interview with the French press, the seven-time Formula One world champion spoke out about the struggles he faces and sent a message to other drivers.
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton for some is a voice that counts in the world of sport. In recent years, the British driver has taken a stand on a number of social issues and has been involved in many battles and struggles. The Mercedes driver gave a long interview to Canal + and spoke about several subjects.
“Human rights are not politics. Every human being on earth deserves to be treated equally. Every child should be able to get a good education. Some people still live with old ideas about origins, genes. So education is the key,” said Lewis Hamilton, who took the opportunity to send a message to the younger generation.
“Equal opportunities still don’t apply to everyone. There are still so many barriers for disadvantaged people. I am the only driver of colour to have reached F1,
“I have to show the younger people that you have to be brave, that you have to speak out when something is unfair. You can’t be afraid to take a stand,
“We can all do more. Nobody is perfect. It’s all a question of will. We need to create a better future for young people,
“It doesn’t matter where you come from or the colour of your skin, you should have the same opportunities,” said the Formula One driver.
Hamilton sends a message to other drivers
The 37-year-old Hamilton, who might well be nearing the end of his career, also sent a message to other drivers.
“People sometimes feel that this is not about them. We all belong to the human race. We need to move forward together. We need new models for future generations,
“It is our responsibility to send the right message (…) I encourage other drivers to take a stand. I don’t want to put pressure on them, but you have to get out of your comfort zone,” continued the British driver.