Lewis Hamilton

Religion, politics, and ideas ofLewis Hamilton

Christian

Black Lives Matter Supporter

LGBTQ+ Supporter

Religion

Christian

4 Jul 2018

In an interview with The Guardian, Lewis Hamilton said

Anything can happen any day, but I feel God has his hand over me. [...] I go [to church] with a couple of my close friends. We meet, we go for breakfast and then we go to church together. We leave most often feeling enlightened and empowered, it’s like a re-centring.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Supporter

26 Feb 2021

In an Instagram post, Lewis Hamilton said

Black Lives Matter. Last year some of us took a knee in support of equality which I am proud of. My question is, what’s next? The inequities within our sport and within the world persist. Change is still needed. We must keep pushing to hold ourselves and others accountable. We have to keep striving for equality for all, in order to continue to see true and lasting change in our world. As long as I have air in my lungs, I will continue to fight for change in everything I do. I will work to create pathways and opportunities for kids of colour, within sciences, engineering and creative disciplines. Let’s keep pushing. What are you committed to?
LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Supporter

19 Nov 2021

In a tweet, along with a picture of him wearing a helmet with a rainbow image, Lewis Hamilton said

We stand together.
Summary

Lewis Hamilton is a devout Catholic.

He is mostly non-political, but is inevitably dragged into discussions and controversies over race.

Editorial

Lewis Hamilton was born and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.

Hamilton was baptized into the Catholic church at the age of two, and has been a devout Catholic ever since. He says even though his immediate family never prayed a whole lot, they are all believers. In his autobiography, he wrote,

Every now and then I will say a prayer and show my appreciation. I try to make sure it is not only when I am in trouble and I need help; even when I have had a great day, I try to thank God for it.[1]

He wears a crucifix around his neck during races. And, like so many of the world's super-talented, he believes God gave him a special gift. He said,

My faith is important to me. I really believe that my talent is God-given. I know I'm truly blessed. But I've also worked hard to get to where I am.[2]

When being black is a political statement

Hamilton doesn't appear to be very interested in entering the political debate in his country, but as one of the few black racing drivers, he is inevitably drawn into discussions of race. When Barack Obama became the United States' first black president in 2008 the same week that Hamilton won the Formula One world championship, talking about his excitement for the world's black community, the racer said,

Two people of colour who win in the same week may not mean too much but it is definitely a wonderful coincidence.[3]

But it hasn't all been rosy. Hamilton was the target of racist taunting at a competition in Barcelona, Spain, about which he said,

The truth is I feel somewhat sad. I love this country, especially the city of Barcelona. The people in Spain have always been very warm.[4]

But on the other side of the issue, Hamilton caused a mini-scandal when he jokingly said maybe he was charged with a penalty because he is black. He immediately realized his joke could be taken seriously and apologized,[5] but you can't take back what's made it to YouTube.

Touchy subject, isn't it? I get the feeling that Lewis Hamilton would rather not get involved, but no matter what you say, you're probably going to piss somebody off. Anyway, I'm going to call Hamilton non-political unless one of you diligent readers leaves me more information in the comments.

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