Lewis Hamilton: ‘I did this sport alone’ says F1 champion after record win

A brilliant ride during the rain-soaked Turkish Grand Prix ensured that Hamilton not only won the race – a record 94th Grand Prix victory – but also equaled Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles, the only remaining record for the great German driver. The Englishman has not yet surpassed.

AT post on instagram Following his historic feat, Hamilton said the coronavirus pandemic gave him the opportunity to “really think about his ultimate goal.”

“The seven world championships mean the world to me, I can’t even describe how much, but there is one more race that we have yet to win,” the message says.

“This year I was driven not only by my desire to win on the track, but also by the desire to help advance our sport and our world to become more diverse and inclusive. I promise you that I will not stop fighting for Change. We have a long way to go, but I will continue to work towards equality in our sport and in the wider world we live in.

“Michael Schumacher’s record equation is drawing attention to me that I know won’t be here forever. So while you’re here paying attention, I want to ask everyone to do their part to create a more equal world. Let’s be more tolerant and kind to each other. Let’s make it so that the opportunity does not depend on the background or skin color.

Hamilton celebrating victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.

No driver in the history of the sport has won as many races, taken as many pole positions or finished on the podium as many times as Hamilton. He is expected to add to his roster of world titles by saying on the podium after the race that he feels “like I’m just getting started” and his place in the F1 pantheon has long been secured.

He is the face of Formula One, but also its voice and conscience, and he has used his status like no other Formula One world champion. The first and only black F1 world champion in its 70-year history, this year he became one of the leading voices in the sport in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

As Hamilton is a force for change, Mercedes, known for its silver livery, unveiled an all-black car this season in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, with drivers in black uniforms and halos on both cars calling for an end to it. Racism”.

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The Briton’s own incredible story – his father, Anthony, juggled three jobs, remortgaged the family home and spent all his savings to keep his son in karting – is an example of how difficult it is to get into the sport, mostly because for associated financial costs.

Speaking to reporters On Sunday, Hamilton said: “It’s no secret that I played this sport alone as the only person of color here.

“The thing is, I’m biracial… and there’s a colorism that people might want to read about.

“When I was younger I didn’t have anyone like me in the sport so it was easy to think it was impossible to get there because no one of your color had ever been there, you don’t see black people in F1.

“But hopefully it sends a message to the kids watching… that it doesn’t matter where you come from, whatever your background, it’s so important for you to dream big.

“You can forge your own path and that’s what I was able to do and it was so hard. It’s hard to even describe how difficult it was.”

Emotional Hamilton after the race.  He later said he would probably celebrate with minestrone soup and wine.

Immediately after the race, Hamilton sat in his car with his head in his hands and struggled to hold back his tears.

“Very rarely do I lose control of my emotions, but I remember those last few laps and I just told myself to control myself,” Hamilton told reporters.

“When I came across the queue, it really hit me and I just burst into tears.

“I didn’t want the visor to go up and people see tears because I always said you would never see me cry. but it was too much.”

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Hamilton needed to be eight points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas to secure the title at Istanbul Park. He did it with ease, passing the Finn, who crossed the line in 14th place, to score zero points.

Bottas’ performance behind the wheel of the same Mercedes vehicle showed just how talented Hamilton is. No one came close to challenging the world champion during this shortened season and he took the title with three races to go, winning four races in a row and 10 out of 14 races this year.