Lewis Hamilton admits he won’t have much interest in driving in Formula E unless it surpasses F1 to become the top level of motorsport. Hamilton is the reigning F1 champion and will be desperate to defend his World Drivers’ Championship title when the delayed 2020 season takes place.
The Mercedes ace is a title away from matching the achievements of legendary F1 record-holder Michael Schumacher – who is widely regarded as the greatest driver of all time.
Hamilton, who is a keen advocate for sustainability and environmentalism, has been tipped to transition into Formula E one day, with Mercedes now racing in the series.
The 35-year-old has previously distanced himself from leaving Toto Wolff’s stable to work under Ian James at Mercedes’ Formula E team.
Hamilton has now given a fuller explanation as to why he doesn’t fancy switching grids, while leaving the door open to having a behind-the-scenes role like his former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
“The only reason that could be the case is for ethical reasons because sustainability is something I am very, very conscious of – and it’s hard for me right now in wanting to be a part of positive change for our climate, yet you’re flying everywhere,” Hamilton told Square Mile.
“But the good news is Mercedes-Benz is really taking responsibility for sustainability in its business, and is trying to be a part of that change.
“For me, I’m constantly conflicted, because I race Formula 1 cars that produce emissions – but they use some of the most advanced technology in the world, that can drive a positive change in road cars in the future.
“You know people will look at you trying to do something positive, but they’ll often focus on the negative.
“In terms of racing, I race at the pinnacle of motorsport and in the foreseeable future Formula E is not going to be the pinnacle – and I want to be in the top echelon of the sport.
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“For that reason, I don’t envisage racing in Formula E, but I can imagine myself being a part of something in the background.
“I like the idea of what it stands for and what it’s striving towards – for example, with my fashion collection, I’m pushing Tommy [Hilfiger] to be more sustainable.
“The clothing line that I have just released [in October 2019] is 50 per cent using sustainable and recycled fabrics, and organic cottons.
“I’m pushing them to do something they’ve never done before and that’s something I really want to get involved in more.
“That’s also why I turned to a vegan lifestyle two years ago, that’s why I’ve got the meat-free burger restaurant out, so I’m trying to get involved in making positive change happen in the world.”
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