F1 star Lewis Hamilton opens up on ‘traumatizing’ racial abuse, bullying in youth

Method One celebrity Lewis Hamilton opened up in regards to the bullying and racism incidents he endured whereas he was rising up in England.

Hamilton, the one Black driver in F1 and a seven-time champion, informed the “On Function” podcast he began to get bullied round 6-years-old and that he was racially abused whereas at school.

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Group W13 through the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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“For me, college was most likely probably the most traumatizing and most tough a part of my life,” Hamilton mentioned. “I already was being bullied on the age of 6 … I feel on the time, (at) that individual college, I used to be most likely one among three children of shade and simply greater, stronger, bullying children had been throwing me round a number of the time.

“After which fixed jabs, the issues which can be thrown at you, like bananas, folks that might use the N-word simply so relaxed. Individuals calling you half-caste and simply actually not understanding the place you slot in. That for me was tough, after which while you go into historical past class and every part you study in historical past there are not any folks of shade within the historical past they had been educating us. So I used to be pondering, ‘The place are the individuals who appear to be me?’”

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes reacts in a press conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 17, 2022. 

Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain and Mercedes reacts in a press convention throughout previews forward of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 17, 2022. 
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Hamilton alleged that the headmaster at his college “had it out” for him and the half-dozen Black children within the college in Stevenage, England. He mentioned he didn’t really feel like he might confide in his mother and father in regards to the abuse he mentioned he acquired at school.

“There have been a number of issues that I suppressed. I didn’t really feel I might go dwelling and inform my mother and father that these children saved calling me the N-word right this moment, (that) I received bullied, crushed up at college right this moment, or I wasn’t in a position to defend myself,” he mentioned within the episode. “I didn’t need my dad to assume I used to be not robust and so if I had tears I’d maintain them again, if I had feelings it will be in a quiet place. It wasn’t actually till I began racing that I used to be in a position to channel this emotion that I had into my driving.”

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes looks on ahead of the F1 2022 End of Year photo prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain and Mercedes appears on forward of the F1 2022 Finish of Yr picture previous to the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, is the F1 all-time chief in grand prix wins with 103 and has 103 pole positions. His quest for an eighth F1 title begins on March 5 in Bahrain.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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