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Lewis Hamilton hopes Hamilton Commission can stop others experiencing ‘lonely journey’ he has been on in Formula 1

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Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes The Hamilton Commission can boost diversity in the sport and help others avoid the “lonely journey” he has been on.

 

“It’s generally been quite a lonely journey – me and my family have been the only Black family,” says Lewis Hamilton as he discusses establishing the Hamilton Foundation and aiming to boost diversity in F1; Briton looking forward to “huge” Miami Grand Prix this weekend

 

Hamilton, the only Black driver to have raced in F1, has established the organisation in order to help increase representation on the grid, in the garages and in the factories.

The Briton has also set up Mission44 with its goal to “support, champion and empower young people from underrepresented groups in the UK to succeed”.

Speaking to American broadcaster ABC ahead of Sunday’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “It’s generally been quite a lonely journey – me and my family have been the only black family.

Hamilton wants to tackle ‘systemic issues in the educational system’.

 

“I have been racing for 29 years, professional for 16, and most often been the only person of colour in the room. When I would ask the question, there was no real greet feedback.

“So, I put together the Hamilton Commission. It starts with education and understanding. We have put together this body of research to try and understand what those barriers are.

“Not only in our industry where we have over 40,000 jobs but only one per cent come from black backgrounds, there are real systemic issues within the educational system.

“The Hamilton Commission has started Mission44 which I’ve funded myself to try and create more representation, support and empowerment for these young, under-served groups.”

 

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