Hamilton says he’s “conflicted” to be racing in F1 because of emissions

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Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t see himself racing in Formula E yet, despite his environmental concerns, because he wants to race at the “pinnacle of motorsport”.

Lewis Hamilton has made his views on sustainability very clear on many occasions and he’s aware of the problems surrounding Formula 1 in that regard. However he doesn’t see himself leaving the sport for the all-electric Formula E series at the moment.

“The only reason that could be the case is for ethical reasons because sustainability is something I am very, very conscious of – and it’s hard for me right now in wanting to be a part of positive change for our climate, yet you’re flying everywhere,” said Hamilton.

“But the good news is Mercedes-Benz is really taking responsibility for sustainability in its business, and is trying to be a part of that change.

“For me, I’m constantly conflicted, because I race Formula 1 cars that produce emissions – but they use some of the most advanced technology in the world, that can drive a positive change in road cars in the future.

“You know people will look at you trying to do something positive, but they’ll often focus on the negative.”

Hamilton added that he does see himself in a possible “background” role at Formula E.

“In terms of racing, I race at the pinnacle of motorsport and in the foreseeable future Formula E is not going to be the pinnacle – and I want to be in the top echelon of the sport.

“For that reason, I don’t envisage racing in Formula E, but I can imagine myself being a part of something in the background.

“I like the idea of what it stands for and what it’s striving towards – for example, with my fashion collection, I’m pushing Tommy [Hilfiger] to be more sustainable,” concluded the Briton.

Source: Square Mile

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