Hamilton visited by Michelle Obama, talks about Roe v. calf

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Lewis Hamilton dove into the Roe v. wade in He protested a ban on wearing jewelry during the race by wearing three watches, eight rings and several necklaces in Miami.

And while the seven-time world champion prepared for his Formula 1 debut in South Florida, Hamilton welcomed former First Lady Michelle Obama to his garage for practice and qualifying.

Hamilton remains as much a change agent after 16 years of his career as he was when he became F1’s first black winner in 2008. The British racing driver is now 37 years old, the most successful driver in the history of the series and tied with Michael Schumacher with a record seven titles. Hamilton remains the only black driver at the highest level of motorsport.

He uses his platform to speak about issues of social justice and race, human rights and protecting the LBGTQ community. Hamilton speaks when driving in countries with questionable human rights records or when an issue arises where he believes his voice can provide support.


While in New York earlier this week, Hamilton took to Instagram to discuss the Supreme Court’s possible decision to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade and end legal abortion rights nationwide.

“I love being in the States but I can’t ignore what is happening and what some in government are trying to do to the women who live here,” Hamilton wrote on his Instagram Story to his nearly 28 million followers

“Everyone should have the right to choose what they do with their body. We cannot let this choice be taken away from us.”

The next post included names of organizations and resources that support abortion rights.

Two days later, he arrived at the Hard Rock Stadium paddock wearing every piece of jewelry he could find. He was protesting a decision by the FIA, F1’s governing body, to crack down on drivers who wear jewelry during the race. The FIA ​​claims jewelry is a potential safety hazard; Hamilton says he has worn his piercings for 16 seasons in F1 and is entitled to express himself as he pleases.


But as the glitz and glamor of F1 invaded Miami Gardens — a family suburb that’s nearly 70% black or African American, according to the US Census Bureau — Hamilton was the lone face of diversity. That’s not enough, said his boss, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

“What (F1) needs is role models, not just the top driver, who is the sport’s biggest role model, but we need… to transform that space, there needs to be a more diverse group of people who are beyond formula speak one,” said Wolff. “We just have to take one step at a time. We would like to have a very diverse group of fans and viewers and whatever we can do we are willing to do.”

Zak Brown, the California native who now runs McLaren Racing, said it was crucial to introduce F1 to a new audience. He cited the growth of the North American fan base through the Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive to “a new, more diverse youth fan base.”


“If you look at the fan base they’ve brought in, they’ve brought in a lot of female fans, a lot of youth,” Brown said. “Coming into new markets like Miami and then not just looking for great race coverage but also looking for side and shoulder programming. It’s all about making incremental gains in all of these areas.

“We just have to keep introducing our amazing sport to people who are new to the sport and then let the sport sink in to everyone as it has done to us for many years.”


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