While the F1 was preparing for the start of the particular 2020 season, the English Lewis Hamilton prepared to maintain his reign in the category and, at the same time, became an icon in the fight against racism. The latter led to the prestigious magazine T to include it in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
This year Hamilton embraced the cause Black Lives Matter, which gained momentum through the murder of George floyd at the hands of a policeman from the American city of Minneapolis. The Mercedes driver not only used his social networks to demonstrate in favor of equality between people, but also participated in marches in central London.
His activism was such that su team changed the silver tone of their cars and painted them black. While the category started a campaign called #WeRaceAsOne (We Run As One), designed to address important issues facing sport and global communities such as the fight against COVID-19 and the condemnation of racism and inequality.
Demonstrating his commitment to this problem, the pilot created The Hamilton Commission next to Royal Academy of Engineering British with the aim of "Engage more young blacks in science, technology, engineering and math issues."
To that we must add their attitudes on the track, how to kneel in the preview of each Grand Prix and celebrate with a raised fist their victories, the symbol that represents Black Lives Matter.
“His activism has shocked the world. Lewis has brought international attention to the Black Lives Matter movement through his advocacy on social media and in Formula 1 racing. " said Bubba wallace, the only black driver to race NASCAR in a column written for the magazine.
“Lewis's mental preparation, his aura, his ability to seize every opportunity to use his platform to eliminate racism are more than a model for the drivers and other athletes. It is an inspiration for everyone ”, He added.
The list, which does not have an order, this year also includes other athletes such as Patrick Mahomes, NFL player; Dwayne Wade, NBA figure who retired strongly; and Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka.