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Lewis Hamilton named in TIME’s top 100 most influential people in world as F1 icon becomes global superstar

LEWIS HAMILTON has been named in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The F1 world champion is going in search of a record-equalling seventh world title this season.

Lewis Hamilton has been hailed as a “Titan” by the US magazine

And he can also level Michael Schumacher’s all-time wins record of 91 victories this weekend in Russia.

The 35-year-old is juggling that by using his social media to support his fight against racism and discrimination.

He is also pushing for causes to help climate change and support global issues, such as animal cruelty and pollution.

Hamilton joins the list that includes politicians, musicians, activists and fellow sports stars.

The Brit has been labelled in the “Titans” category and has been hailed by black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.

Wallace said: “I’m the only black driver in NASCAR’s top level, so Lewis’ example – as the lone black F1 driver – is particularly meaningful for me.

“He shows we’re out there doing it. To see him conquering the track damn near every weekend, it motivates me to try to do the same.

“His activism has also moved the world. Lewis has brought international attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, through his advocacy on social media and at F1 events.

“Lewis’ mental preparation, his aura, his ability to capitalise on every opportunity to use his platform to drive out racism are more than just a model for race-car drivers and other athletes.

“He’s an inspiration for everyone.”

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