Lewis Hamilton: “It definitely felt empowering to not be silent”

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Lewis Hamilton explains why he has become more outspoken and proactive when it comes to big issues that are plaguing today’s world.

In 2020 Lewis Hamilton has become more vocal than ever on various world issues, like racial justice, the fight for equality and various environmental issues.

The seven-time champion explains what sparked his increased interest in using the platform that Formula 1 provides to do more good.

“I think as I get older and I’m understanding more, I would like to think we went through an educational phase last year where we’re all learning more,” Hamilton said.

“There was a lot more discussion, I was watching more documentaries, I was reading a huge amount more trying to educate myself on the things that are happening around the world and that hasn’t stopped.

“It definitely felt empowering to not be silent like some may want you to be.

“It definitely felt good to know on the one side, taking the knee on a personal level to let the black community know that I hear you, I see you, and I stand with you.

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“That was important for me, but along the way there’s so many things that we need to address around the world and naturally I can’t fix everything.

“I naturally want to help. I think we have, as I mentioned last year, an amazing platform here.

“I think it’s great to see the steps that Formula 1 are taking, the steps Mercedes are taking, in terms of making this sport more diverse.

“I plan to continue to take the knee because I think what’s really important is that when young children are watching what we’re doing here in this sport, and when they see us take the knee they will sit and ask their parents or their teachers why are they doing [that], what are they taking the knee for.

“And it sparks an uncomfortable conversation. It means parents have to educate themselves and the kids are getting educated,” Lewis concluded.

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