In 2008, Lewis Hamilton became the first champion in Formula One. There was no one else. He was the only pilot in the guide who was not white. Ten years have passed and the British have remained the only black man in the category. The situation is disturbing the Mercedes driver.
The situation is not Formula 1 of Hamilton, or adulthood. He says that since 1993, when he started to use cards since he was 8 years old. And what the driver is most disturbed is that the number of people in the category increases and the paddock remains monochrome even in other areas.
Orum Since I've come to Formula One, there's a lot of openness, more work, and very little variety. Very sad in this sport. "
Inspired by Nelson Mandela
The five winning titles are celebrated by the British, but Hamilton believes that moving on other fronts can have more impact. He is considering investing in youth and environment related reasons for his influence and fame.
"The winning titles are really great. But I won't change the world. I just feel like I'm scratching the surface. What's my purpose? I'm trying to understand this.
As a source of inspiration in search of more variety in the paddock, Hamilton is a name synonymous with black combat.
"Who inspires me? If I had told anyone, it would be Nelson Mandela. He was the leader. [apartheid]. I read him as a kid and I realized he was one of the most impressive men of all time. "
He was the leader of the people of South Africa who fought against politics, known as racial discrimination. Political action was sentenced to 27 years in prison, banning officials, blacks and whites to cut the same bank into squares. He was released, became the country's president, and worked to prevent the oppressed from taking revenge against the oppressed, allowing South Africa to be pacified, and the leader died in 2013 at the age of 95.
Formula 1 ignored apartheid
The situation in South Africa has become so dramatic that the world condemns a regime that treats people differently due to its skin color. The movement involved sports events vetoed in South Africa. The only exception was Formula 1. The most iconic Grand Prix of this period was in 1985.
International pressure has forbidden France to bring its cars to South Africa. The rulers forced the team bosses not to run, but the category leaders decided to protect the race.
Nigel Mansell was the winner of only 18 cars. The international edition did not appear in 1985, but it prevailed. While this was apartheid I was in a Grand Prix last year. Formula 1 returned to South Africa only in 1992, two years after the separation and two years after the release of Nelson Mandela.