Lewis Hamilton’s motivation to compete is no longer to be the best, but to leverage his position as a sports icon to mobilize social change. The British rider says that now his goal is to fight for diversity and equality.
The pandemic has markedly changed Lewis Hamilton, at least as far as his purpose in life is concerned. In recent years, the British rider has abandoned his lifestyle with fun as the main focus and has moved towards more responsible and respectful habits with animals and the environment.
However, the months of forced stoppage by the pandemic have made the already seven-time world champion deepen his purpose and become a human rights and equality activist, dragging Formula 1 towards greater visibility in that regard.
“I want to press for us to take responsibility as a sport”
Hamilton has succeeded in getting Formula 1 to call for an end to racism at every Grand Prix and has long claimed that their motivation is no longer merely sports, but mainly social from the point of view of his responsibility as a public figure.
I feel like I’m just starting out. It’s really strange, ”admitted Lewis Hamilton after certifying his seventh world title in Turkey. “I feel in great shape physically and mentally. I would love to stay. I feel like we still have a lot of work to do here. I want to press for us to take responsibility as a sport, so that we realize that we have to face and not ignore the human rights problems that surround the countries we go to ».
Formula 1 as a catalyst for the message
Although Hamilton recently claimed not to be clear if he would be in Formula 1 in 2021, he now ensures that he will continue for a few more years using the category as catalyst for your message, as an enhancer of a change in society.
“It’s how we can engage with those countries and help them, and empower them to do more to really change, not in 10 years, not in 20 years, but now »Hamilton noted. «I want to help F1. I want to help Mercedes on that trip.
Formula 1 is advancing its sustainable plan with hybrid engines, synthetic fuels and initiatives that guarantee a zero carbon footprint at a comprehensive level, something that Lewis Hamilton also considers vital and part of its purpose. “And also, in particular, to move more sustainably as a sport. The whole thing about when we need to be more sustainable. I want to try to see if I can be a part of that, at least in the initial phase and for a little longer ».
Subsequently, Hamilton launched a message on his social networks, reflecting on his achievement and advancing what his purpose will be in the future:
“Before today and even after crossing the finish line, I have been gathering my thoughts on what is most important to me. This year has been very unpredictable. With the pandemic and, obviously, the season delayed by several months, I had the most downtime I have ever had in my life. It gave me a chance to really think about my ultimate purpose. Seven World Championships mean the world to me. I can’t even describe how much, but there is still a race we have to win.
“This year I have been driven not only by my desire to win on the track, but by the desire to help advance our sport and our world to be more diverse and inclusive. I promise you that I will not stop fighting for change. We have a long way to go, but I will continue to fight for equality in our sport and in the world we live in. “
Matching Michael Schumacher’s record reminds me that I won’t be here forever. So while you are here, paying attention, I want to ask all of you to do your part to help create a more equal world. Be more tolerant and kinder to others. Let’s make the opportunity not something that depends on the background or the color of the skin.
“Nothing is impossible. A driving force for me this year has been setting an example for the next generation, never giving up on your dreams. Many told me that my dream was impossible, but here I am. I want to let you know that you can do it too. Never give up, keep fighting and let’s continue to rise to the occasion.