F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton realizes he needs to be more ‘diplomatic’ in countering racism

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F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton admits he may have been wrong in ’embarrassing people’ by naming the sport’s big names in his fight against racism – and now realizes he needs to be more ‘diplomatic’.

  • Lewis Hamilton admits he was wrong in “ embarrassing people ” in his fight against racism
  • The F1 world champion now knows he must use diplomacy to help his cause
  • The Mercedes driver was extraordinarily outspoken on the subject last season
  • He wore a T-shirt last week with the message ‘Actions speak louder than words’
  • The 36-year-old narrowly won last week’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted he may have been wrong in “ embarrassing people ” by calling out his fellow drivers to fight racism, but now knows he must instead employ diplomacy.

The Mercedes driver was extraordinarily outspoken in his views last season – demanding Formula 1 and his governing body, the FIA, are doing more to address inequality within the sport.

He also called out his fellow drivers for being silent on social media after George Floyd’s death, citing Romain Grosjean, former director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, for failing to convince the grid to unite. have in the way of taking a knee.

Lewis Hamilton has backed F1's move to allow drivers to make their own gestures to support

Lewis Hamilton has backed F1’s move to allow drivers to make their own gestures to support

Half of the 20 stars remained on a banner in Bahrain that read 'We Race As One'

Half of the 20 stars remained on a banner in Bahrain that read 'We Race As One'

Half of the 20 stars remained on a banner in Bahrain that read ‘We Race As One’

Hamilton, the reigning F1 World Champion, spoke in an interview with WIRED UK

Hamilton, the reigning F1 World Champion, spoke in an interview with WIRED UK

Hamilton, the reigning F1 World Champion, spoke in an interview with WIRED UK

Hamilton says he will continue to perform the gesture ahead of the races this season, and last weekend in Bahrain he was joined by a number of drivers, while others chose to hold out.

Hamilton also wore a T-shirt with the message ‘Actions speak louder than words’ for the race in the golf kingdom.

He made the perfect start to his title defense, narrowly bringing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to victory in a thrilling season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

‘At the beginning of the year I was very outspoken and declared the sport’ Hamilton said in an interview with WIRED UK

‘That was the right thing for me at the time, but I found that there are times when you have to be very diplomatic, where you can do more by discussing in the background, instead of embarrassing people.

‘I have conversations and try to hold people in sports more accountable.

“I’m constantly sending emails, I’m constantly on the phone with Zoom with Formula 1 and I challenge them as if they wouldn’t want to be challenged.”

Hamilton made the ideal start to his title defense last weekend by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix

Hamilton made the ideal start to his title defense last weekend by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix

Hamilton made the ideal start to his title defense last weekend by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix

Hamilton also said withdrawing from F1 would have little impact on the sport's environmental concerns

Hamilton also said withdrawing from F1 would have little impact on the sport's environmental concerns

Hamilton also said withdrawing from F1 would have little impact on the sport’s environmental concerns

The 36-year-old also revealed that he refuses to join the raft of athletes seeking help from a sports psychologist because he “ doesn’t like the idea of ​​someone trying to mess with their mind. ”

‘I don’t like the idea of ​​someone trying to mess with my mind because I’m strong,’ he added.

‘I know that I am strong enough and capable enough. I’ve done it all my life. ‘

Hamilton, an avid environmentalist, also said that leaving F1 – one of the least environmentally friendly sports in the world – would have little impact.

Hamilton said, ‘What are my options? I could stop. The good thing about that is that I will not drive a car around 20 different tracks, we will fly less.

But the fact is, if I stop, the thing continues. They are not going to stop for me. ‘

Hamilton will compete at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, Italy on April 18.

Check out the full feature in the May / June issue of WIRED UK, available on newsstands, now or digitally downloadable here.

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