Lewis Hamilton (2006) by Mark Thompson/Getty 2006The Voice Newspaper
Lewis began his journey within motorsport as an obvious minority. He has travelled a lonely path as the first and only black driver to race in Formula 1 and this has made him a passionate advocate to make the industry more inclusive for those who follow after him.
Sir Lewis Hamilton (2021) by Edward Berthelot/GettyThe Voice Newspaper
He helped launched Mission 44, a charitable foundation to support, champion and empower young people from underrepresented groups in the UK. Mission 44 launched with a personal £20million pledge from Lewis, which will be used to support organisations across the country.
Sir Lewis Hamilton (2021) by Dan Istitene/GettyThe Voice Newspaper
Fight against racism
Sir Lewis became the first recipient of a brand-new award at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, for his involvement in the fight against racism.
Lewis Hamilton (2008) by Jon Furniss/WireImage/Getty 2008The Voice Newspaper
Hamilton was named the most influential Black person in Britain by The Powerlist 2021 – the annual list of the most powerful people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the UK. Read more
Hamilton on F1 embracing Africa
“F1 has to shift into being a sport that does go to place and leaves behind something that can really help the communities. Bringing the attention back to Africa and highlighting the beautiful place it is, I think that’s the most important place that we have to go to." - Sir Lewis Hamilton
Sir Lewis Hamilton (2016) by GettyThe Voice Newspaper
Densign White, Sporting Equals chair once said, “Lewis Hamilton is without a doubt the greatest talent we have seen in motor racing, he is so incredibly deserving of this mantle, a true trailblazer, he has entered the history books as a record-breaker, that too during Black History Month."
The F1 Champion!
The Voice has followed Lewis Hamilton’s path from the outset. After his sixth world title the newspaper predicted that he would emulate F1 legend Michael Schumacher. You can read more about this here.
On equalling Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, The Voice produced a special supplement to mark sporting history Watch The Voice interview with Lewis Hamilton