Lewis Hamilton: System 1 world champion pledges £20m to new charity

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Lewis Hamilton

System 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has launched a charitable basis and pledged £20m to “assist, champion and empower younger individuals from under-represented teams within the UK”.

Hamilton, 36, has received the F1 title on seven events however is the one black driver within the sport.

He hopes the launch of Mission 44 will assist children from all upbringings.

“I skilled first-hand how coming from an under-represented background can have an effect on your future,” he mentioned.

“Fortunately for me, I used to be capable of overcome these odds by alternative and assist. I wish to guarantee different younger individuals from related backgrounds are capable of do the identical.

“Change throughout the trade is lengthy overdue, however we at the moment are firmly on the journey in direction of remodeling it for the higher.”

Earlier this month, Hamilton mentioned serving to motorsport turn out to be extra numerous can be “probably the most worthwhile” factor he has achieved in his profession.

A examine he commissioned discovered wider societal points have been affecting black college students’ alternatives throughout the UK motorsport trade, in addition to particular obstacles throughout the trade itself. The report mentioned just one% of those that labored in F1 have been black.

Hamilton’s Mercedes group have additionally pledged their assist in rising variety and group boss Toto Wolff mentioned: “We’re delighted and proud to be standing alongside Lewis.

“Lewis’ willpower to show his expertise into highly effective and decisive motion is a measure of his character and unwavering dedication to assist individuals to fulfil their potential.

“At Mercedes, we have listened and labored carefully with Lewis during the last yr to grasp how we may help open up our sport to attain a extra numerous and inclusive workforce.”

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