Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has once again reiterated the notion that his purpose and involvement in the sport are about more just winning races and championships.
Speaking ahead of the start of the new F1 season in Bahrain, the Mercedes driver said he continues to hope to see real and actual progression in the sport. He also said he plans on continuing his fight for diversity in the paddock.
Even though the Brit clearly remains committed to securing a record eighth World Championship, he seemed eager to get the message across that there is more that drives and motivates him than only his own personal ambitions on the track. He added that what truly drove him was the desire to make big conversations around diversity happen.
Hamilton also said while the need for ongoing conversations remained the same, people do seem to be becoming more keen on embarking together on a journey of diversity in the sport. He explained that despite the fact that pressure needed to be applied in certain situations can become uncomfortable to him personally, he values the opportunity to create change.
The F1 driver also spoke of a personal goal to be looking back at the sport in five or even 10 years from now, and to be seeing female mechanics and engineers. He said this improvement in diversity meant more than simply having a credit on the track to one’s name.
He added that his purpose involved more than just being an F1 racing driver.
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