Lewis Hamilton has been included in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020 list! This marks his second appearance on the list.
Hamilton has been included in the “Titans” category for his tireless activism and fight for racial justice. Each entry in the list has a special tribute message attached to it and Hamilton’s was written by Nascar driver Bubba Wallace.
“I’m the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top level,” said Wallace.
“So Lewis’ example – as the lone Black F1 driver – is particularly meaningful for me. He shows we’re out there doing it.
“To see him conquering the track damn near every weekend, it motivates me to try to do the same.
“His activism has also moved the world. Lewis has brought international attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, through his advocacy on social media and at F1 events.
“Lewis’ mental preparation, his aura, his ability to capitalise on every opportunity to use his platform to drive out racism are more than just a model for race-car drivers and other athletes.
“He’s an inspiration for everyone,” concluded the Nascar driver.
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This year’s list is a bit different from previous ones as there are a lot more doctors and nurses included, mostly due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“The TIME 100 has always been a mirror of the world and those who shape it,” said TIME CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal.
“While you will certainly find people who wield traditional power on this year’s list – heads of state, CEOs, major entertainers – it also includes many extraordinary, lesser-known individuals who seized the moment to save lives, build a movement, lift the spirit, repair the world.
“Their work challenges each of us to wield our own influence toward a world that is healthier, more resilient, more sustainable and just.”
This inclusion marks the second time Lewis has been featured on the list, the first time being in 2016.