Lewis Hamilton admits he was wrong to 'embarrass people' after calling out sports biggest names in fight against racism

LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed he intends to tackle racism within Formula 1 in a different way, rather than 'embarrassing people' for their actions.

The seven-time world champion has been the catalyst for leading an F1 campaign against racism by calling on the FIA to do more to tackle inequality.

He then went on to cite specific individuals for failing to do more to bring F1 drivers together to take the knee, most notably ex-director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association Romain Grosjean.

But now the Brit believes he has learnt from how he went about calling for change last season.

And while his campaign for inequality may not be quite as overt this time around, he remains dedicated to the cause.

"At the beginning of the year [2020] I was very outspoken and calling out the sport," he told WIRED UK.

"At the time that was the right thing for me, but I discovered that there's times where you have to be very diplomatic, where there's more you can do by discussions in the background, rather than embarrassing people.

"I'm having conversations, trying to hold people in the sport more accountable.

"I'm constantly sending emails, I'm constantly on Zoom calls with Formula One and challenging them like they wouldn't want to be challenged."

At the first race of the 2021 season, Hamilton wore a shirt which read 'actions speak louder than words'.


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He has also declared that he will continue to take the knee before races despite some F1 drivers sticking by their decision to remain standing.

Hamilton made the best possible start in his bid for a record-breaking eighth world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 35-year-old outfoxed Max Verstappen in a sensational battle which came down to the final lap to take the opening race of the season.

The next race comes at the Imola circuit in Italy on April 18.

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