Hamilton: The purpose of life is not only victories and titles

Lewis Hamilton spoke about the fight for the title and what he considers to be the main thing in his life – the fight for equality and diversity in sports.

Q: In the spring in Bahrain, no one could have imagined that this season would be like a roller coaster. What’s your mood five stages before the end of the season?
Lewis Hamilton: Everything is amazing. This is the most difficult season in many ways, but it has many advantages, I really liked it, despite the difficulties.

Question: Have you ever found it so difficult to fight for the title?
Lewis Hamilton: No. I recently reflected on all the titles I have won since I was 10 years old. During this time, there were many difficult moments, in some ways they were similar, but at the same time unique.

Q: Tell us about the fight with Max Verstappen this year?
Lewis Hamilton: Everything could have been better, because we lost points and did not always do everything perfectly, but we all learn from mistakes.

Question: You have come up with an interesting joint project with rapper George Poet. How did this idea come about? What is the essence and purpose of the project?
Lewis Hamilton: This idea came up shortly before the start of the season: I thought we were supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but what should be the next step? How to develop this theme? And then I had the idea, together with young dark-skinned designers and a young rapper, to create a T-shirt design and something meaningful so that we could tell about it by the end of the year. I wanted to somehow continue to draw attention to the topic, because people began to talk less about Black Lives Matter and inclusiveness, and we need to not forget about that.

We must solve problems that have not yet been resolved. It’s good that sports have started talking about fighting racism, about diversity and inclusiveness, about ecology and so on, but these conversations should not be silent. I believe that we need to involve our audience in them, because we all have a lot to learn.

From my own experience, I can say that I found myself in situations where my team did not want me to raise this or that topic, because the team or sponsors would not like it. I broke some of these unspoken rules, and I hope that by doing so I showed others that they too can participate in such conversations.

I am not against the fact that I broke them, and I am glad that Sebastian Vettel also speaks out on this topic. I hope that we, the riders of the older generation, will inspire the youth. I spoke with Mick Schumacher – he is a great guy. He says something like: “I don’t know everything, can you teach me?” It’s the same with Lando Norris.

I am proud of the new generation of riders, but we can still help them better understand these issues, talk more on this topic. When you’re young, you only think about winning – you don’t have time for the rest. However, it only seems so – in fact, there is time.

If by the end of my career in Formula 1 real steps are taken, more women will appear in the championship, more people with different skin colors, and the paddock will better reflect the world around, and our business will continue to develop, this will give me a sense of pride.

I’ve already seen such changes in my team and I see them in the paddock. When we started to get out of lockdown and return to base, I went into the marketing department, which has grown significantly and is more diverse than ever. It shocked and touched me, because, being the only black person in the room, most often you think about what it is connected with.

Q: Does it help you in racing?
Lewis Hamilton: I think yes. This is like my new incentive, because we have a lot of work to do. Perhaps this work gives meaning to my life. Racing is not a goal, it is a job.

It seems to me that my position played an important role in the fact that this year I became stronger psychologically. In addition, nothing distracts me in the paddock, I come to the races and do what I like. In my opinion, this is a plus.

Question: What would you do differently this year?
Lewis Hamilton: In my opinion, analyzing the past, thinking that I would like to do something differently, is normal, but it is impossible to change what I said five years ago. I try to disconnect from such thoughts, because the more you think about it, the more it interferes with moving forward.

Of course, I had different moments … From the outside it is imperceptible, but not everything is as good for me as it might seem. I am human, I have good days and bad days. I had difficult days when I did not want to train, to continue working. Sometimes I thought, “I don’t know whether to continue performing or do something else.”

It seems to me that it was only last year that a certain goal appeared in my life. Now I understand that I have a mission, and this is not only victories in races and championships, although this is also great – I can help young people.

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