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Lewis Hamilton admits he was wrong to ’embarrass people’ after calling out sports biggest names in fight against racism

LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed he intends to tackle racism within Formula 1 in a different way, rather than ’embarrassing people’ for their actions.

The seven-time world champion has been the driving force behind an F1 campaign against racism by calling on the FIA to do more to tackle inequality.

Hamilton has previously called out fellow drivers for not taking the knee
He has now admitted he has changed the way he is trying to tackle racism in the sport

He then went on to cite specific individuals for failing to do more to bring F1 drivers together to take the knee, most notably ex-director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association Romain Grosjean.

But now the Brit believes there is a better approach to making change happen.

While he remains dedicated to the cause, his tireless work might not be so obvious this year.

He told WIRED UK: “At the beginning of the year [2020] I was very outspoken and calling out the sport.

“At the time that was the right thing for me, but I discovered that there’s times where you have to be very diplomatic, where there’s more you can do by discussions in the background, rather than embarrassing people.

“I’m having conversations, trying to hold people in the sport more accountable.

“I’m constantly sending emails, I’m constantly on Zoom calls with Formula One and challenging them like they wouldn’t want to be challenged.”

At the first race of the 2021 season, Hamilton wore a shirt which read ‘actions speak louder than words’.

He has also declared that he will continue to take the knee before races despite some F1 drivers sticking by their decision to remain standing.


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Hamilton made the best possible start in his bid for a record-breaking eighth world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 35-year-old outfoxed Max Verstappen in a sensational battle which came down to the final lap to take the opening race of the season.

The next race comes at the Imola circuit in Italy on April 18.

The seven-time champion made the perfect start to his 2021 season last weekend

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