Lewis Hamilton: “He nearly derailed my whole life”

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After his own Hamilton Commission came out with findings regarding the high-rate of expulsion of Black students from schools, Lewis Hamilton relays an experience that “nearly derailed” his life and career.

Lewis Hamilton has set up the Hamilton Commission to find ways to improve representation of Black people in UK Motorsport.

The Commission had recently come out with a report that, among other things, found that there is a high proportion of students from Black backgrounds being excluded from schools.

Upon learning about this, the seven-time champion relayed his own experience from school.

“It wasn’t a surprise to me for the educational system because I went through it, and had those experiences,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“One of the ones that was not surprising necessarily but super informative is about the expulsion rate for young Afro Caribbean individuals, and I experienced that personally.

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“I was thrown out and I didn’t even do anything. One day I want to tell you the whole story of what happened.

“The guy had it in for me. Just like, ‘I don’t have the evidence to get rid of you now, but I will soon.’

“He nearly derailed my whole life, my whole career. So I understand those findings. I know what it’s like and how people feel.

“I thought my life was over and I didn’t really want to go home that day. I was like, ‘Should I run away? Is this it?’

“So I know the impact that it has on individuals, and I want to work to change that for people moving forwards,” Lewis concluded.

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