Lewis Hamilton has opened up on his fears of angerining Formula One bosses when displaying his anti-racism messages whilst competing in the championship for Mercedes.
Hamilton has been a strong advocate throughout his career in campaigning against racial inequalities, and most recently has shown his support to the Black Lives Matter movement and the Breona Taylor campaign.
Taylor was an African American from Kentucky who was shot, and murdered in March 2020 by police officers in her home.
The shooting resulted in large-scale protests around the world, and received support from Hamilton as he wore a ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ t-shirt at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion then wore it at the Italian Grand Prix later that year, and displayed it proudly on the podium after winning the race in what was seen as an immensely powerful tribute to the late Taylor.
Most notably in 2008 at the Spanish Grand Prix, a group of fans blacked up and sported the t-shirts ‘Hamilton’s Family’ in the crowd in Barcelona.
Speaking about his memories from 13 years ago, the world champion said: “I remember the pain that I felt that day, but I didn’t say anything about it. I didn’t have anyone. No one said anything. I saw people continuing in my industry and staying quiet.”
The Englishman has seven world titles to his name – a joint record with legend Michael Schumacher – and is highly regarded as arguably the greatest to ever compete in the sport.
Following his world championship win in 2019 however, Hamilton was left frustrated when looking at an image of his celebrations on Instagram.
Whilst the picture showed pure jubilation for the 36-year-old, the crying problem that left him hugely frustrated was that he was the only black member of his team.
He went on to tell WSJ magazine: “I zoomed in on them, from the F1 Instagram. ‘I’ve been here 15 years, 14 years – how has it not changed? I was really sad about it. I was frustrated and sad.”