Lewis Hamilton makes sad admission about F1 career | Mercedes results

Lewis Hamilton has revealed the sad reason he’s been “lonely” during an illustrious F1 career that may go down as the greatest ever.

Lewis Hamilton described his incredible F1 career as “quite a lonely journey” due to the lack of diverse representation in the sport.

The British star, 37, is arguably the greatest of all time with a record seven world titles. But throughout his time in F1, since joining in 2007, he has been virtually the only black driver in the paddock.

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And The Sun reports he opened up on carrying that responsibility and the difficulty it poses as he appeared on American TV.

Hamilton told Good Morning America ahead of Monday’s Grand Prix in Miami: “It’s been genuinely quite a lonely journey.

“Me and my family were the only black family. I’ve been racing 29 years, I’m 37 now.

“But I’ve been professional for 16 years and always most often being the only person of colour in the room.”

Hamilton led the drivers in taking the knee to protest against racial injustice and regularly spoke up asking for more inclusion in the sport for black people.

After noticing the stark reality once again in 2019 after winning another championship, Hamilton helped set up the Hamilton Commission to “address the under-representation of Black people in UK motorsport”.

The Mercedes star added on GMA: “When I asked the question there was no real great feedback answer to that question, so I put together the Hamilton Commission because it starts with education and understanding.

“We put together this body of research to try and understand what those barriers are.

“We found there are not only in our industry, where we have over 40,000 jobs but only one per cent come from black backgrounds, but there are real systemic issues within the educational system as well.

“With the Hamilton Commission, we’ve now started ‘Mission 44’ which I’ve funded myself to try and create more representation, support and empowerment for these young under-served groups.”

On the track, Hamilton missed out on his eighth world title in heart-wrenching fashion in Abu Dhabi in December.

And he had endured a rough start to the new 2022 season in his under-performing Mercedes car. He sits way down in seventh in the drivers’ standings on 28 points, already 58 behind leader Charles Leclerc.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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