#BlackLivesMatter: How driver Lewis Hamilton wants to win against racism


Show color, finally! Yesterday, Monday, June 29, the Mercedes team announced that they would repaint their cars in black for the next Formula 1 season. Undoubtedly, it is a symbol of the manufacturer’s commitment against racism, – a commitment not without opportunism, with F1 suffering serious public disinterest – but also its support for its star rider, Briton Lewis Hamilton.

For a long time, the six-time world champion (only Michael Schumacher did better with seven titles) is very involved in the issue. He demanded justice for the death of George Floyd, along with other big names in sport like Michael Jordan, Kylian Mbappé…. The pilot also denounced the silence of biggest stars from F1 dominated by whites.

F1 demons

A few days later, in an interview with CNN, Bernie Ecclerstone, the former financial boss of F1 (he sold his company in 2017, but he remains honorary president), known for many slippages, estimated that ” often blacks are more racist than whites “.

Lewis Hamilton and the still active Bernie Ecclestone in the Mercedes paddock the day before practice for the Greater Noida Grand Prix in India, on June 3

At 89, this longtime democracy slayer and admirer of “ Hitler’s effectiveness »Proves that he remains true to himself. Faithful also to his feeling of omnipotence, the old man is expecting a new child from his companion. This baby will not only have a nonagenarian father but an older sister 65 years older than him … In short, in F1, racism – like sexism – still prevails. And Hamilton is alone in his fight, this is nothing new.

In front of Alonso

February 2008, the new steering wheel prodigy tests at the Montmelo circuit in Spain. But a group of spectators did not come to admire his talent, he is there to spit out his hatred. ” Negro de mierda! Shout these morons. Hamilton is only 23 years old.

His crime in the eyes of racists? In the previous season – his first in F1! -, the young driver relegated the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, double world champion in 2005 and 2006, to third place. As soon as he entered the big leagues, Hamilton was crowned vice-world champion, behind the Finnish Kimi Räikkönen.

Lewis Hamilton driving his Mercedes single-seater during testing at the Montmelo circuit, near Barcelona in February 2020. The livery of his vehicle is gray, next season it will be black

Lewis Hamilton driving his Mercedes single-seater during testing at the Montmelo circuit, near Barcelona in February 2020. The livery of his vehicle is gray, next season it will be black

The admirers of the “bull of the Esturies” are devastated, the racists are raging. They can’t stand that a half-breed – Hamilton’s paternal grandfather was born in Grenada – could defeat their idol. ” Negro de mierda! “.

“Rallying against Racism”

The Spanish press reports the incident. The president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) then threatens to deprive Spain of Grand Prix. He reveals that, a few months earlier, during the Chinese Grand Prix, Alonso supporters had already insulted Hamilton. The FIA ​​launches its campaign “Rallying against Racism”, Alonso does not speak.

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes team paddock ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 12, 2020

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes team paddock ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 12, 2020

Since then, almost nothing has changed. There are always racists – some even in the White House – and Lewis Hamilton remains a special case in Formula 1 history. To call a spade a spade, this incredibly talented man (he drives but also sings, draw …) does not come from the seraglio, he does not come from a wealthy background, he is not white.

Black livery, change of era

So periodically, racists shout their hatred. Including in other disciplines. Other great black or mixed-race sportsmen like the judoka Teddy Riner, but also less medalists, are entitled to their share of insults. Let’s not talk about the sportswomen who remain the most insulted in all categories.

The black livery of the Mercedes single-seaters – which will be reminiscent of the sublime Lotus John Mayer Special of the 1970s – and the hashtag #WeRaceAsOne on their mirrors will not change the face of the world. But at least they will show that the automotive industry wants to change era. Thanks Hamilton.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *