Lewis Hamilton: 1Xtra’s Future Figures 2021 for Black Historical past Month

“All of us bleed the identical blood, all of us want the identical alternatives. Proper now there are 40,000 jobs throughout the motorsport trade and only one% are from black backgrounds.”

The sequence goals to focus on people, teams and organisations who’re “making Black historical past now”.

Hamilton is without doubt one of the best F1 drivers of all time. In 2020 he equalled Michael Schumacher’s world championship report of seven titles, then in September he turned the primary F1 driver to succeed in 100 profession victories by successful the Russian Grand Prix.

However the 36-year-old does not wish to simply be recognized for his achievements on the monitor; he additionally desires to be seen as a figurehead within the battle for racial equality.

“I’ve by no means wished to be remembered as a racing driver. I do not wish to be remembered only for that. It is all good if folks bear in mind me being a superb driver however I believe my time right here is admittedly about impacting and serving to folks,” he says.

Hamilton took the knee after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in 2020 and introduced black designers with him to the Met Gala to lift consciousness and help their work.

He arrange the Hamilton Fee to sort out inequality in motorsport. He has additionally launched a brand new charitable fee referred to as Mission 44, which goals to donate £20m over the following few years to assist kids from underrepresented backgrounds.

And he has launched a scheme that goals to enhance the recruitment of black academics in science, expertise and maths (STEM) topics.

“I put collectively this fee to essentially discover out what these obstacles are so we are able to actually sort out them,” he provides. “We will get folks collectively and take them on a journey, actually pushing and making the game look extra like the skin world.

“What’s near my coronary heart is the black neighborhood as a result of that is clearly my background. That is why we’ve got targeted the Hamilton Fee on that.”

Hamilton says it is necessary to get kids finding out STEM topics at an early age to extend range within the sport.

“Numerous college students – significantly black college students – are much less more likely to take up triple science. That is a part of the research [to be an F1 engineer].

“Engineering is not only about being that engineer who works alongside me. There are actually 1000’s of jobs inside this trade which are tremendous thrilling and properly paid and nice alternatives.

“That is why we’ve got to encourage younger folks to begin pursuing STEM topics from an early age.”

Learn extra from BBC Sport in Black Historical past Month – ‘The sporting heroes who modified our lives’

Around the BBC iPlayer bannerAround the BBC iPlayer footer

Supply by [author_name]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *