Lewis Hamilton admits that the 2021 Formula 1 season “will be the toughest in a long time”, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
With Red Bull currently having the faster car, Mercedes faces a year-long battle for the championship. Even after winning seven world title, Lewis Hamilton still relishes the fight.
“I’ve done this all my life, ever since I was a kid and drove karts,” the Briton told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It still remains fantastic, it’s great to drive a car built by geniuses and race against talented drivers. It still remains a great battle to race on the track and try everything.
“It’s always an uphill battle. Even though you win so many titles, it doesn’t mean you have everything under control or that every year is the same, because you always have to keep improving and communicating well.
“At the beginning of a season you never know where it will end up, and I like that. The 2021 season will be the toughest in a long time, but that gives me and my team even more motivation.”
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Another battle Hamilton is choosing to fight is the battle for diversity in motorsport. To accomplish this he has started the Hamilton Commission which aims to help young black children find their way into Formula 1.
“I started to look inside myself and ask myself why this sport is facing this problem. I wasn’t happy with the answer to that question, it seems no one knows the answer.
“You have to start with the statistics to discover this barrier because dark-skinned children, for example, don’t choose certain studies to be able to get into Formula 1.
“That’s why I created a Commission, and with it we have been working with several people for nine months to work out ideas [how to improve this].
“In July we should be ready to show some results and come up with concrete information. F1 is the tip of the iceberg, but it provides an example for the series that are underneath, all the way down to karting.
“It is a long process that requires a lot of time, but people realise that change is needed,” concluded the seven-time champion.