Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has considered quitting Formula One because of the impact a sport like motor racing has on the environment.
Hamilton has fast used his fame for good in Formula One and beyond, being a keen activist and standing up for movements he believes strongly in like diversity and equality, and last year he attended a Black Live Matter protests in summer, which was only revealed after the event on social media.
And this season the fight isn’t over for Hamilton, as he’s vowed to stay in Formula One to raise more awareness as he pushes for a record breaking eighth world title, which would see him overtake Michael Schumacher’s feat.
After becoming one of the most decorated drivers in F1, Hamilton was knighted, becoming the first active driver to receive the honours for his outstanding achievements and contribution to motorsports .
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And for the past few years we have seen Hamilton passionately speak up against climate change, doing his bit of course, like moving to a plant-based diet and reportedly ditching his private jet , saying that it is a serious threat to us all.
Speaking to Italian publication Style, he said: “Every one of us has the responsibility to protect our future and the future of the next generation.
“With the industry I’m in, I’m always going to receive negative attention but we don’t have to be perfect to be part of the solution.
“As a powerful voice in my industry I have a responsibility to effect change from within Formula 1 as well as in all the other activities in which I am involved.”
Hamilton signed a new deal with Mercedes earlier this year, surprising everyone with just a one-year contract. At the time he said, though he was committed to F1 and the team, he wanted to continue his fight for greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport through a joint charitable foundation with the Silver Arrows.
And the 36-year-old has admitted, though the sport is addressing some of the issues, sometimes the impact of the championships carbon footprint does get him down.
“What are my options?” he asked during an interview with Wired.co.uk.
“I could quit. The positives of that are that I won’t be driving a car around 20 different tracks, we’ll be flying less. But the fact is if I stop, the thing will keep going. They’re not going to stop for me.”
Ahead of the season however, the Briton said: “I am fully invested in this season. I still love what I do.
“There was great discussion around diversity last year, but what’s really important is that we’re taking action.
“We are starting to see that progress and it takes one step at a time. That’s my driving force this year too – to make sure we continue to push for accountability. And on top of that hopefully I can deliver some good performances.”