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Hamilton - "I've walked this sport alone"

Hamilton - "I've walked this sport alone"

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Hamilton - "I've walked this sport alone"

Hamilton - "I've walked this sport alone"

Lewis Hamilton is hopeful that becoming a seven-time Formula 1 champion has sent out a powerful message that dreams can be realised no matter your background.

While Hamilton has delivered many compelling statements against racism this year, he arguably delivered his most persuasive of all on track in Istanbul with a Turkish Grand Prix victory that underlined his newly-crowned status in equalling Michael Schumacher's record.

Hamilton is living proof that colour, class or creed are no barriers to success if you are willing to work hard to achieve, cementing his status as a role model for others to follow and plough their own furrows in whatever field.

"It’s obviously no secret that I’ve really walked this sport alone - the only black person here, or the only person of colour here and it's a really interesting point," remarked Hamilton.

"The fact is that as I’m bi-racial, whilst it’s the term of the black driver here, I’m bi-racial. I think this colourism, people should perhaps read about.

"When I was younger, I didn’t have anybody in the sport that looked like me, so it was easy to think it’s not possible to get there because nobody of your colour has ever been there.

"You don’t see any black people on tv that are in Formula 1, so hopefully this sends a message to the kids that are watching.

"Hopefully, they’ve seen that performance and hopefully they can see that it doesn’t matter where you come from, whatever your background, it’s so important to you to dream big."

Hamilton believes if he can plough a lone furrow and emerge creditably, then others can follow in his footsteps and do the same,

"If you are looking at places, industries and you don’t see someone of the same background as you, or the same ethnicity as you, or with the same religion, create your own path," added the 35-year-old.

"That’s what we did, that’s what I’ve been able to do, and it’s been so tough. Tough doesn’t even describe how hard it’s been.

"I hope that sends that message. That’s the most important message for kids: to dream as big as possible and not give up."

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Comments (11)

Ben

What is this guy smoking?! He’s really walked this sport alone with no support or backing! Never mind that he was picked up by Big Ron as a youngster the support of top teams. There is no arguing his talent just a shame his personality doesn’t match the polished talent. The verbal diarrhoea this bloke comes out with just gets worse!

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Oscar

When he first came on the scene in 2007, when I saw his face the first time, the word ‘black’ didn’t even pop up in my mind.

That’s because F1 has had drivers from about 45 different nationalities, all shapes and sizes, and frankly, no true F1 fan gives a SH*t what ethnicity a driver is, as long as he shows up to drive that car on the limit of control, not make any mistakes, and possibly, win, ideally during a final lap nail-biter along with clever pit-stops.

That’s the beauty of F1… you can be bright purple or orange with blue dots, once those lights go out, we judge the color of the driving.

Now that he’s drawn all this attention from the world to the color of his skin, I have to say yes, I now see Lewis as a great black F1 driver, where as before I saw him as a great F1 driver, and I feel he’s made me label him as a black driver, where I never wanted to involve skin color or ethnicity in a sport I love. (pt1)

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