Lewis Hamilton reveals school struggles which left him “in tears”

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Lewis Hamilton reveals how certain teachers in school told him ‘you’re never going to be nothing’, and he believed them “for a split second”.

Lewis Hamilton has been very vocal with his support for increasing diversity and equality in motorsport, but also in the whole of society.

He even ‘put his money where his mouth is’ through his Hamilton Commission, and many initiatives like Mission 44.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lewis revealed he has been experiencing unequal treatment since his earliest days.

“Look, when I was at school, I was dyslexic and struggling like hell,” the Briton explained.

“[I was] one of the only few black kids in my school, being put in the lowest classes and never given a chance to progress or even helped to progress.


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“Teachers were telling me, ‘You’re never going to be nothing’. I remember being behind the shed, in tears, like, ‘I’m not going to be anything’, and believing it for a split second.

“[It was] the most demotivating thing to hear, especially when you witness them doing the complete opposite with your white counterparts.

“I don’t actually hold any grudge against those people, because they fuelled me up,” concluded the Briton.

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