ewis Hamilton revealed his nervousness by donning anti-racist t-shirts on the Formula 1 podium – all while feeling a sense of motivation to promote the cause by winning races.
The Briton, 36, has spent more time building equality in his sport and the wider world in recent years, including his decision to wear a shirt that read “Stop the cops who killed Breonna Taylor “at last year’s Tuscan Grand Prix.
Racing at Mugello in Italy later that year, Hamilton wore the jersey to the podium and felt compelled to win to better showcase Taylor’s memory – which he did.
“I can’t be second,” he reminded WSJ magazine. “I’m wearing this shirt – I have to shed some light on his name first.
“I get these nerves like, ‘Turn around, I’m about to break the rules and people won’t be happy’. They changed a lot of rules after a lot of things I did. ”
Hamilton continues to fight for greater diversity in F1 after suffering abuse during his career, with an incident in Spain still strong in his memory. A group of fans at the 2008 Barcelona GP turned black and wore shirts that read “Hamilton’s family”.
“I remember the pain I felt that day, but I didn’t say anything about it; I had no one, ”he said.
“Nobody said anything. I have seen people continue in my industry and remain silent.