Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 is far from over
“It’s not forever, but something inside is telling me, ‘You’re not done yet. You’ve got to keep pushing. You’ve got more to do, more to achieve,” The champion seven times said in Interview.
Only one year remains. on His contract will be with Mercedes but he will begin talks with Toto Wolff (team principal) during winter on A new deal. It is difficult to imagine either side walking away from the deal, but it raises the question: Hamilton’s future. He will be 38 next season.
He was just three seconds away from winning his eighth record title in 2021. But he was still far from the challenge for the title this year. He doesn’t plan to quit.
“It’s going to be hard one day, stopping racing,” Hamilton said. “I’ve done it for 30 years, and it’ll be 30-plus years when I do eventually stop. Luckily for me, right this second, it’s not now.”
“My dad and my brother, they’re like, ‘Yeah, keep racing forever,’ because they’re racers. For my mum and my sister, I can definitely sense they want me to do whatever I want to do,” He concluded.
“They can also see how tiring it is, that it weighs heavy on you. Sometimes when I go around to my sister’s house I just pass out on the couch.”
If Hamilton Feels that way. So why not carry? on? “Because there’s no doubt that I love what I do,” He stated. “I really do love the challenge every weekend, how we, as a team, show up every weekend.”
In the last few years, Hamilton It has evolved beyond a driver. His The voice is now powerful in Promoting diversity and advocating for change.
The following is the 2020 calendar. Hamilton Commission was established to increase the Black population in motorsport.
Formula 1: On the Track and Off
Hamilton Mercedes helped to establish Accelerate 25, which was a five year program that also began in 2020, the goal is to ensure that 25% are new starters on The team is made up of members from underrepresented groups.
Last year, Hamilton Fondated Mission 44The foundation is a charity that seeks to transform the lives and opportunities of underserved youth by narrowing the gap between opportunity and poverty. in Education and employment
The fuel to Hamilton’s fire was the death of George Floyd in Mai 2020.
“I really wasn’t expecting that day,” Hamilton said. “I hadn’t cried for a long, long time. Probably the last time I’d cried before then was when my auntie [Diane Hamilton] died of cancer. I was with her for the last two weeks. I remember trying to be really strong for her kids.”
“Then there was George Floyd. The whole thing was devastating. It brought up these things I experienced when I was a kid that I didn’t get to really share with anybody.”
Formula 1 supported it in Start the fight against racism & inequality #WeRaceAsOne initiative. Hamilton The Grand Prix organizers urged drivers to kneel before the race.
Particularly, Floyd’s death resonated with them. Hamilton.
“It was when he shouted out for his mum,” He stated. “That one breaks everybody because you can relate to that no matter what your skin color is.
“Then for me, there were moments I was in fear, when I was on the receiving end of the experiences I had, when I was beaten down by this man and his son, for example, and wanting to also scream out for my mum or dad, and they weren’t around at the time.”
Hamilton According to Floyd’s funeral, 2020 will be the new year. “was probably the first time I was ever really heard” in Protesting against racism and the lack of diversity in organizations
He stated that despite being more than two decades later, there were still many hurdles. He still hopes “it’s not going to be like this for much longer.”
“If I don’t bring up these difficult conversations with people, they won’t get discussed or tackled, or energy from organizations won’t be put into creating more inclusivity,” He stated.
“Spending the time having those conversations and what it means and how positive it could be for everybody, it takes time. It’s a constant job to have them.”
Hamilton Although he feels he’s making progress, the demands are overwhelming. on His commitments to Mercedes conflict with his time.
“I would say that over these last few years I’ve been slowly peeling back the layers, but it’s not easy to do that when you’re in the limelight,” Hamilton said. “It’s really, really not easy to have so much growth in the spotlight. You make so many mistakes. Nothing prepares you for this journey.
“There are days where I don’t feel like I’m doing enough, days where I don’t feel like I’ve got to do more, and then there are days where I feel like I’m failing people because the problem is everywhere. It’s far bigger than me. I just have to keep reminding myself to stay on course, to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Hamilton He knows he has the support and cooperation of his fellow drivers. This was especially true in this case in July: Nelson Piquet, three-time champion in The 1980s used a racist term to describe Hamilton in A conversation he had done a few months ago.
It was widely condemned within Formula 1.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo said Hamilton He was an inspirational figure and deserved to be respected for all he accomplished.
“Currently on the grid, he’s the biggest name in the sport,” Ricciardo said. “From that, he has grown awareness of his ability to reach out, encourage and inspire.
“You can have a platform but you need to want to create change, and he’s very vocal, he feels strongly about it and, obviously, he can certainly relate in a lot of situations.”
Ricciardo stated that the experiences he had with Ricciardo were unforgettable Hamilton He was able to speak freely.
“That always helps,” He stated. “It’s authentic, it’s genuine and if anyone has a back story, it’s easier to follow.
“Obviously, when someone sees a figure like him be open about topics that maybe aren’t necessarily very open, it just has a bigger impact. Kudos to him for being bold enough to go and put himself out there.”
This is why it is important to have a backup plan in case of emergencies. Hamilton Wolff and Wolff talk about a new deal. It will not be just about money.
Despite difficult times on Keep track HamiltonWolff claimed that his driver was Wolff “is very good at sensing what’s right for him.”
“We have those conversations regularly, not particularly about a contract extension, but more where we are heading as human beings and what our objectives are,” He stated. “We have that constant discussion.
“I was in no doubt that a down year like this would not trigger him saying goodbye to Formula 1. He is too strong, too resilient and too determined to say, ‘The car is not good enough and that’s why I’m going’.”
Hamilton He knows that he has so many more things to do. on Off track.
“There’s a reason why I have as much energy as I do, that I’m still able to train with the intensity that I do and have the dedication that I do,” He stated.
“At some stage, I will want to have a family and that will be my full focus, but right now, being in Formula 1 with Mercedes is it.”