‘Hopefully this sends a message to kids’. Lewis Hamilton wants F1 feats to inspire

Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships on Sunday by winning the Turkish Grand Prix and said afterwards that he hoped his success as a black man in an almost exclusively white sport would act as inspiration to children everywhere. An emotional Hamilton, who remains the sport’s only black driver, went on to describe what a hard journey it had been to become the most successful driver in the history of Formula One. Tough doesn’t even describe how hard it has been,” he said. “They can see that it doesn’t matter where you come from, or your background. “Very rarely do I lose control of my emotions,” he said. The four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel spoke to him immediately after the race and acknowledged Hamilton was the best driver of this era. “You can’t compare eras but it doesn’t matter, every era has its driver and Lewis is certainly the greatest of our era. “It’s staggering, it’s totally mind-blowing,” he said.

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