Lewis Hamilton says he feels he has a duty to “inspire change in Formula 1 and in other areas” that he is involved in.
While many drivers use their social media for lighthearted communication with fans, Lewis Hamilton often gets criticized for using his online channels to talk about issues he finds important, like the environment, equality and the benefits of veganism.
The Briton however believes it is his “duty” to try and get these messages out into the world.
“Sometimes I have trouble with social media,” said Hamilton.
“I never expected so many people to follow me in my life. But in general, you just notice it when you look around you – a lot of people just look at their mobile phones all the time, they forget the rest of the world.
“They no longer take the time to enjoy a sunset or look at a beautiful tree.
“Negative reactions are inevitable, but you don’t have to be perfect to be part of the solution. As a powerful language within my industry, I have a duty to inspire change within F1 and in other areas where I’m active.
“It is important to be true to yourself and to strive for transparency. You have to be honest with yourself and with other people”.