Lewis Hamilton credits Black Lives Matter with his "Extra Drive" to seal his seventh Formula 1 title this year – because he wanted to protest from the podium
- Lewis Hamilton has been very active in promoting Black Lives Matter
- He bent his knee and wore anti-racism slogan T-shirts
- The Briton regularly called for political changes during his 2020 Formula 1 term
- He admitted that the Black Lives Matter movement gave him an extra boost this year
The outspoken Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the Black Lives Matter movement helped bring him a record-breaking seventh Formula 1 title last season.
The Brit, who equaled Michael Schumacher's remarkable world title, was a big advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement this year – a leader in Formula 1.
And Hamilton, who was guest editor for BBC Radio 4's Today Program on Boxing Day, revealed all about his decision to show his support for the movement – which has played a huge role in the campaign for equality and change.
Lewis Hamilton has come out loudly in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020
The Brit announced that the move gave him "extra drive" to seal his seventh world title last season
At many racing events over the past season, Hamilton was seen on the podium in protest of the murder of George Floyd while wearing many anti-racism slogan t-shirts and masks.
The 35-year-old, who recently won Sports Personality of the Year, said: “I had that extra drive this year to get to the end of these races.
“It was a different drive than what I had in me in the past.
"To get to the end of these races first, so I can use this platform (for Black Lives Matter) and let the light shine as brightly as possible."
The 35-year-old driver wears a t-shirt that reads: "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor."
Hamilton regularly called for political change during the last season by using his platform as the biggest star in Formula 1.
After winning the Tuscany Grand Prix in September, Hamilton escaped punishment for wearing a slogan on his t-shirt that read "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" in reference to the black woman who was killed by police in Kentucky in March.
His Mercedes team has also adopted a black livery for the 2020 campaign to tackle discrimination.
The seven-time world champion regularly called for political changes in Formula 1
And when asked by Professor David Olusoga if he was afraid how people would react to his public position in support of BLM, Hamilton replied, “There is no way I can be silent.
"And when I said that to myself, I wasn't afraid anymore."
Hamilton was also interviewed by host Nick Robinson about racism in his sport and the fact that he is the only black Formula 1 driver.
Hamilton replied, “There are plenty of other young kids in color who deserve the opportunity to progress, have a great education, be an engineer, or whatever they want. However, the fact is that the opportunity is not the same for them. & # 39;
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