Lewis Hamilton claims motor racing saved his life

Lewis Hamilton says motor racing ‘saved my life’ following his difficult upbringing in Stevenage… with seven-time world champion speaking at a fundraising event for underprivileged children ahead of Miami Grand Prix

  • As a young boy Lewis Hamilton saw drugs being pushed outside his father’s flat 
  • The F1 star was in the company of sporting royalty in Miami on Wednesday
  • He teamed up with Tom Brady in a fundraising event for underprivileged children
  • He has set up the Hamilton Commission to redress lack of diversity in the sport

Lewis Hamilton said motor racing saved his life, recalling his tough upbringing on a Stevenage council estate.

As a young boy he saw drugs being pushed outside his father’s one-bedroom flat, but on Wednesday he was in the company of sporting royalty on the lush grass of Miami Beach Golf Club.

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Lewis Hamilton said motor racing saved his life, recalling his tough upbringing on a Stevenage council estate

As a young boy Hamilton saw drugs being pushed outside his father’s one-bedroom flat

In a fundraising event for the area’s underprivileged children, Hamilton teamed up with NFL legend Tom Brady to hit what turned out to be wayward drives and chips. 

Ahead of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, Hamilton said: ‘The youth is everything and sport can bring people together.

‘It saved my life. I am glad we are doing this to help people who need it. I support young people studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).’ 

Hamilton was in the company of sporting royalty on the lush grass of Miami Beach Golf Club

The 37-year-old, still the only black driver in Formula One, has set up the Hamilton Commission to redress the lack of diversity in the sport.

‘It is exciting to be in Miami but there are some nerves because there is so much excitement around the race and the track is new,’ added Hamilton, who lies seventh in the championship after a tricky start to the season.

Mercedes are bringing upgrades to first practice tomorrow in an attempt to rectify their sub-standard car.




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