Hamilton reveals what prompted him to start the Hamilton Commission

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Lewis Hamilton reveals how a Mercedes team photo, and the murder of George Floyd played a role in him starting the Hamilton Commission.

In 2020 Lewis Hamilton founded the Hamilton Commission tasked with identifying and overcoming barriers for Black people in UK motorsport.

Recently the Commission published its findings in a report titled “Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport”.

The report has already led to the formation of Lewis Hamilton’s Mission 44 charitable foundation, and a joint “Ignite” initiative that he started with Mercedes.


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Now Lewis reveals which key moments sparked the idea to form the Commission.

“The idea came to mind at the end of 2019 as I noticed at the end of the year all of the team photos, and I zoomed in on these photos and realised the incredible lack of diversity in it.

“So I came up with the idea to put this Commission together and by the time we were just about to action it was just when everything happened with George and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“So the timing really was on our side in that sense,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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