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

Components 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, instructed the “On Goal” podcast he began to get bullied round 6-years-old and that he was racially abused whereas in class.

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Lewis Hamilton of Nice Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Workforce W13 throughout 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 in all probability probably the most traumatizing and most troublesome a part of my life,” Hamilton mentioned. “I already was being bullied on the age of 6 … I feel on the time, (at) that exact college, I used to be in all probability certainly one of three youngsters of shade and simply larger, stronger, bullying youngsters had been throwing me round a variety 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 realizing the place you slot in. That for me was troublesome, after which whenever you go into historical past class and the whole lot you be taught in historical past there are not any folks of shade within the historical past they had been educating us. So I used to be considering, ‘The place are the individuals who appear like 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 youngsters within the college in Stevenage, England. He mentioned he didn’t really feel like he may confide in his dad and mom in regards to the abuse he mentioned he obtained in class.

“There have been a variety of issues that I suppressed. I didn’t really feel I may go residence and inform my dad and mom that these youngsters stored calling me the N-word right this moment, (that) I obtained bullied, crushed up in school 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 sturdy and so if I had tears I’d maintain them again, if I had feelings it might 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 seems on forward of the F1 2022 Finish of 12 months 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.