Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has shared his first opinions about his seventh championship in Formula 1 by penning down an inspirational letter on his Instagram account.
Qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix was quite a dramatic event with talking points galore. But one of the most interesting topics pertained to Mercedes and their lackluster showing on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton surprisingly didn’t take pole, instead, he started the race in P6.
Although he started the race in 6th place, Lewis Hamilton, who scored enough points to his closest rival and teammate Valtteri Bottas, became the racing driver with the best statistics in Formula 1 history and equalized the championship numbers with Ferrari’s legendary driver Michael Shurmaer.
Hamilton jumped to his Instagram shortly after the race and wrote a letter telling people to run from their goals. Referring to the championship equality with Michael Schumacher, Hamilton said that racial equality in the world should be achieved as soon as possible while talking about the Black Live Matter movement after the deaths of innocent black Americans.
Here’s what he wrote:
“Leading up to today and even after I crossed the line, I’ve been gathering my thoughts about what’s most important to me. This year has been so unpredictable. With the pandemic and obviously the season being pushed back by several months, I had the most downtime I’ve ever had in my life. It gave me the chance to really think about my ultimate purpose. Seven World Championships means the world to me, I can’t even describe how much, but there’s still another race we’ve yet to win.
This year I’ve been driven not just by my desire to win on the track, but by a desire to help push our sport, and our world to become more diverse and inclusive. I promise you I am not going to stop fighting for change. We have a long way to go but I will continue to push for equality within our sport, and within the greater world we live in.
Equaling Michael Schumacher’s record puts a spotlight on me that I know won’t be here forever. So, while you’re here, paying attention, I want to ask everyone to do their part in helping to create a more equal world. Let’s be more accepting and kinder to each other. Let’s make it so that opportunity is not something that is dependent on background or skin colour.
Nothing is impossible. A driving force for me this year has been to set an example for the next generation, to never give up on your dreams. I was told by many that my dream was impossible, yet here I am. I want you to know that you can do it too. Never give up, keep fighting, and let’s keep rising to the occasion. #S7ILLRISING”
See the Instagram post below.