In a shocking and disheartening revelation, Lewis Hamilton has exposed the existence of racist comments made by certain Formula 1 teams about him behind closed doors.
The seven-time world champion was alerted to these disturbing remarks by fellow driver Sebastian Vettel, who had the courage to support Hamilton during the pivotal moments of his activism in 2020, particularly in the wake of the George Floyd case in the United States.
Hamilton’s bravery in raising awareness about racial inequality and his continuous efforts to fight against racism have made him a prominent figure not just on the racetrack, but also as an advocate for social change.
The fact that such discriminatory comments were made within the sport raises important questions about the need for greater inclusivity and understanding.
Hamilton’s revelation serves as a stark reminder that the fight against racism extends beyond the race track, highlighting the importance of continuing efforts to promote equality, diversity, and unity within Formula 1 and society as a whole.
Hamilton successfully advocated for F1’s endorsement of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, urging drivers to kneel in solidarity against racism before races.
However, it should be noted that not all drivers embraced this gesture.
“We have to get people to empathise, we need empathy.” Hamilton said to DAZN. “Sometimes I wonder, doesn’t anyone else care?
“Sebastian was one of the most supportive. He told me that in some teams they were saying racist things about me. He knelt with me in 2020, I have yet to see a driver as brave as him.
“Laws need to be changed so that people can live better lives. We are risking our lives to try to raise awareness.”