“I could have only ever dreamed of being where I am today.”
Lewis Hamilton has broken Formula 1’s all-time win record.
The vegan athlete clinched his 92nd career Grand Prix victory after winning the Portuguese Grand Prix, passing racing legend Michael Schumacher’s previously held record.
Hamilton’s father, stepmother, and vegan dog Roscoe were all present at the venue to celebrate the 35-year old’s historic victory.
His win now brings him even closer to a seventh world title, another record currently under Schumacher’s belt.
‘A blessed day’
An ecstatic Hamilton later told reporters: “It is going to take some time to fully sink in. I cannot find the words at the moment.
“My dad is here, which is amazing, and my step-mum Linda too and my dog Roscoe so it is a blessed day.
“I could have only ever dreamed of being where I am today. didn’t have a magic ball when I came to Mercedes but here I am and as a team we are trying to make the most of it.”
‘Beyond my wildest dreams’
The formula 1 champ also posted a gratuitous note on Instagram stating: “Today is beyond my wildest dreams. I couldn’t be here today without my team, continuously innovating and pushing the barrier in this game.
“I’m so grateful to have you guys by my side through this journey. It doesn’t matter how many Sundays we do this, it’s always a challenge.
“None of this has been easy. It’s been such a privilege to work with you all. I’m thinking of Michael today, I will forever have the utmost admiration and respect for you, it’s truly been an honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as you.
“And to you #TeamLH, I can’t express how grateful I am for all of you. All I can say is thank you, from the bottom of my heart for always believing in me. Still We Rise.”
Hamilton, who has been vegan since 2017, has thrown his weight behind several social issues.
Apart from being a passionate supporter of environmental and animal welfare issues, he has also used his platform to fight racial inequality.
Following the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States, the outspoken vegan activist urged everyone regardless of their skin tone or nationality, to take action to fight systemic racism.
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This past week has been so dark. I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have felt so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen. I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop. So many people seem surprised, but to us unfortunately, it is not surprising. Those of us who are black, brown or in between, see it everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong, or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin. Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. Only now that the world is so well equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way. It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done. It took hundreds of thousands of peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad. Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter. #blackouttuesday ✊🏽
He even joined a protest in London to support the BLM movement and did not mince words when calling out others from the F1 community for remaining silent on the prevailing racism issue and lack of diversity within his own sport.
Before the Portuguese Grand Prix, he took to Twitter to call for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.
He tweeted: “We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and raise awareness of the tragedies happening in the world around us and take action where we can.
“The recent events in Nigeria are a human rights crisis… #EndSARS.”
As the only Black driver in Formula 1, he wore a face mask with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” while celebrating his momentous feat on the podium.
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