Lewis Hamilton remains the only black driver to have driven in Formula 1 since the elite race was created in 1950. The Briton became a true legend, winning the world title a total of seven times, sharing the top spot with another motorsport icon – Michael Schumacher.
The Mercedes pilot is an outspoken supporter of the fight against discrimination and has repeatedly spoken of unpleasant moments in which he was a victim of racism. It was after a number of similar experiences that he decided that he could change something from the platform he had and has been fighting for equality for years.
On Jeff Shetty’s podcast, Hamilton talked about how he didn’t have the courage to talk to his parents about the bullying he experienced as a child.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate that I could talk to my parents at home. I didn’t want my father to think I wasn’t strong. I was bullied from the age of six. At school I was one of maybe three children with a different color skin, and the older ones bullied us all the time,” Lewis goes way back in time.
“Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of things. Whether it’s being called “negroes” or being hit with bananas. It wasn’t easy to fit into such a situation in everyday life,” he continues.
Classmates and peers aren’t the only ones the star had difficulties with as an adolescent. He reveals that he rarely received any support from his teachers either.
“They told me that nothing would happen to me. I remember the tears, thinking that this was true, but luckily I never believed them,” says the pilot.
The 38-year-old driver is also the leader in Formula 1 races won (103), most pole positions (103) and most podiums (191).
From a statistical point of view, the Briton is the most successful driver in the history of the sport.