Lewis Hamilton asks ‘what’s next?’ in battle against racial inequality as F1 world champion vows to ‘to fight for change in everything I do’
- Lewis Hamilton has been a vocal leader in the fight against racial injustice
- The 36-year-old has demonstrated his support within F1 and outside of the sport
- The Brit took to Instagram on Friday to demand greater change within both
Lewis Hamilton has implored for more to be done in the fight against racial injustice in Forumla One and the world.
The subject of racial inequality was really brought to the fore in 2020, especially in the wake of George Floyd’s death, with Hamilton a powerful voice in the battle.
The Brit took part in the peaceful Black Lives Matter protest last year, while also taking a knee before races during the F1 season. Mercedes showed their support too by changing their livery from silver to black – something they will maintain for the upcoming 2021 campaign.
F1 star Lewis Hamilton (centre) has demanded more in the fight against racial inequality
Hamilton posted this picture and caption on Instagram on Friday calling for more to be done
And he took to Instagram on Friday afternoon to reiterate that more needs to be done.
Accompanying the post with a picture of himself at last year’s London protest, the seven-time F1 world champion wrote: ‘Black Lives Matter. Last year some of us took a knee in support of equality which I am proud of.
‘My question is, what’s next? The inequities within our sport and within the world persist. Change is still needed.
‘We must keep pushing to hold ourselves and others accountable. We have to keep striving for equality for all, in order to continue to see true and lasting change in our world.
‘As long as I have air in my lungs, I will continue to fight for change in everything I do.
‘I will work to create pathways and opportunities for kids of colour, within sciences, engineering and creative disciplines.
‘Let’s keep pushing. What are you committed to?’
In November, the Mercedes driver was named as Powerlist’s 2021 most influential black person in the UK. He was also awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.
The 36-year-old is continuing to create change within his own sport too after setting up the Hamilton Commission to improve diversity in motorsport.
Hamilton’s post follows the words of new F1 president Stefano Domenicali earlier this month who pledged that drivers will still be allowed to express key messages before races through their ‘We Race As One’ campaign.
‘They have big responsibility because they are the face of our sport,’ said Domenicali, who became F1 president in January.
‘We have a huge potential to reach new fans who will engage with their faces and behaviour and how they act as a man.’
And speaking specifically about Hamilton he added: ‘He is very important for F1 as he is embracing other values into the discussion and giving his face to a lot of points that are outside normal sport.’