Lewis Hamilton: “I practiced this sport alone”, says F1 champion after record title win
Posted On July 3, 2021
A brilliant drive in a rain-soaked Turkish Grand Prix not only secured Hamilton the race – for a record 94th Grand Prix victory – but also tied Michael’s tally of seven world titles. Schumacher, the only remaining record of the great German that the Englishman has not yet broken.
In an Instagram post after his landmark achievement, Hamilton said the coronavirus pandemic gave him the opportunity to “really think about my ultimate goal.”
“Seven world championships mean the world to me, I can’t even describe how much, but there’s yet another race we haven’t won yet,” the post read.
“This year I was motivated not only by my desire to win on the track, but by the desire to help push our sport and our world to become more diverse and inclusive. I promise you I won’t stop to fight for We have a long way to go, but I will continue to advocate for equality in our sport and in the larger world in which we live.
“Matching Michael Schumacher’s record highlights me who I know won’t be here forever. So while you’re here, being careful, I want to ask everyone to do their part to help create a more equal world. be more tolerant and kind to each other. Let’s make this opportunity not depend on the background or the color of the skin. “
No driver in the history of the sport has won so many races, achieved so many pole positions or finished on the podium as many times as Hamilton. He is expected to add to his record of world titles – by saying on the podium after the race that he felt “like I was just getting started” – and his place in the F1 pantheon is long assured.
He is the face of F1, but also his voice and his conscience and has used his stature like no other F1 world champion. The first and only black F1 world champion in 70 years of history, this year he became one of the main voices in sport for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hamilton being a force for change, Mercedes – famous for its silver livery – unveiled an all-black car for this season in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, with drivers wearing black uniforms and the halos of both cars featuring the call to “End Racism.”
The Briton’s incredible story – his father, Anthony, juggled three jobs, mortgaged the family home, and dipped into his savings to keep his son in karting – is one example of the notorious difficulty in enrolling in this sport, mainly because of the financial costs involved.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Hamilton said: “It’s no secret that I have played this sport on my own as the only person of color here.
“The point is, I’m bi-racial … and there’s some colourism that maybe people should read.
“When I was younger I didn’t have anyone in the sport that looked like me, so it was easy to think that it wasn’t possible to make it because no one of your color has ever been there. , you don’t see any black in F1.
“But I hope that sends a message to the kids watching… that no matter where you are from, no matter where you are from, it is so important for you to dream big.
“You can make your own way and that’s what I was able to do, and it was so hard. Tough doesn’t even describe how hard it was.”
Immediately after the race, Hamilton sat in his car with his head buried in his hands and struggled to hold back tears.
“I very rarely lose control of my emotions, but I remember those last few laps and just told myself to stay the course,” Hamilton told reporters.
“When I crossed the line it really touched me and I burst into tears.
“I didn’t want the visor to go up and people to see the tears because I always said you’ll never see me cry. I remember seeing other drivers cry in the past, and I was like, I’ll never do that, but it was too much. “
Hamilton needed to finish eight points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas to win the title at Istanbul Park. He did it with ease, passing the Finn who crossed the line in 14th to collect zero points.
Driving in the same Mercedes machines, Bottas’ performance illustrated just how much of a superior talent Hamilton is. No one has come close to challenging the world champion during this truncated season and he has won the title with three races remaining, having won four races in a row and 10 of 14 races so far this year.