Lewis Hamilton gives sad confession about F1 career | Mercedes results

Lewis Hamilton has revealed the sad reason why he has been “lonely” during an illustrious F1 career that may well be the best ever.

Lewis Hamilton described his incredible F1 career as “quite a lonely journey” due to the lack of diverse representation in the sport.

The British star, 37, is arguably the greatest of all time with a record seven world titles. But during his time in F1 since he joined in 2007, he was pretty much the only black driver in the paddock.

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And The sun reports he opened up about shouldering that responsibility and the difficulty it poses when he appeared on US TV.

Hamilton told Good morning America ahead of Monday’s Grand Prix in Miami: “It’s been a really lonely journey.

“Me and my family were the only black family. I’ve been racing for 29 years, I’m 37 now.

“But I’ve been a professional for 16 years and always usually the only person of color in the room.”

Hamilton led the drivers in taking the knee to protest racial injustice and spoke regularly to call for more inclusion in the sport for black people.

After noticing the grim reality again in 2019 after winning another championship, Hamilton helped set up the Hamilton Commission to “address the under-representation of black people in British motorsport”.

The Mercedes star added to GMA“When I asked the question, there wasn’t a really good feedback answer to that question, so I put together the Hamilton Committee because it starts with education and understanding.

“We put together this research to try to understand what those barriers are.

“We found that not only are there in our industry, where we have over 40,000 jobs, only one percent is black, but there are also real systemic problems within the education system.

“With the Hamilton Commission, we have now started ‘Mission 44’, which I have self-funded to try to create more representation, support and empowerment for these young disadvantaged groups.”

On the track, Hamilton heartbreakingly missed his eighth world title in Abu Dhabi in December.

And he had endured a rough start to the new 2022 season in his under-performing Mercedes car. He is well below seventh in the drivers’ standings at 28 points, already 58 behind leader Charles Leclerc.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with permission

Originally published as Lewis Hamilton reveals desperately sad confession about F1 career

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