Lewis Hamilton says he is thinking about what he can do to help reduce the rising costs of junior formulae and increase diversity.
Participation in junior single-seater series is getting costlier than ever. Young drivers are expected to bring with them huge budgets, which makes it harder for true talent to shine through. Lewis Hamilton recognizes the problem and plans on doing something about it.
“I think where motorsport has gone, if you look at Formula 3, it’s not the same as it used to be,” Hamilton said.
“Formula Renault isn’t the stepping stone that it used to be. GP3, GP2 [sic] those things are getting continuously more expensive, and don’t generally need to be. Karting is getting more and more expensive, but it doesn’t really need to be.
“But again, it’s because the business heads are not aligned with my thought process. So I’m just trying to think about what I can do, and diversity is a continuous issue, and will continue to be an issue for a long time, and there’s only a certain amount I can do.
“I am trying to think about what it is I can actually do and work with, and how I can work with F1, rather than it just be a tick on their list of things to add to we also do, you know what I mean?
“Which businesses often do, and actually have something that is really implemented and actually making an impactful difference being made. So I’m still trying to understand that.
“But it is at the top of my priorities in terms of what I want to do long-term,” concluded the six-time champion.