Lewis Hamilton insists Formula 1 ‘saved my life’ as Mercedes star prepares for Miami GP


Lewis Hamilton has made 292 F1 Grand Prix starts since his debut with McLaren in 2007 and won a record equaling seven F1 World Championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton was at a golf fundraising event with Tom Brady on Wednesday

Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed sport saved his life.

Hamilton, 37, came from humble beginnings on a municipal estate in Stevenage, with his father Anthony working multiple jobs to fund his son’s formative years in motor racing. The British driver has since become the most decorated driver in F1 history, winning more races than anyone else and claiming a record number of championships.

He is also the only black driver on the grid. And on Wednesday, Hamilton teamed up with NFL star Tom Brady at a fundraising event for the city’s underprivileged children at the Miami Beach Golf Club.

“Youth is everything and something I am passionate about is getting kids into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects,” the Mercedes driver said. “Sport brings people together and it saved my life. I’m glad we’re doing something for the good.”

Hamilton is preparing for the first F1 Grand Prix in Miami, the first of two races in the United States this season, with Las Vegas joining the calendar next year. The race will take place at Hard Rock Stadium.

A slew of A-list stars, including LeBron James, David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds and Renee Zellweger, are expected to attend. Hamilton added: “I’m so happy to be in Miami. This is the sport’s first time here and the anticipation for this event has just skyrocketed.







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“Everyone is so excited but there will be a bit of nervousness because there will be so many people here and it’s a new circuit.” Hamilton, who is already 57 points behind championship leader Charles Leclerc after the opening four rounds, has squandered his chances of competing for an eighth title this year.

The Briton finished a dismal 13th place at Imola a fortnight ago in his continuing struggle to get the better of his underperforming Mercedes machines. Hamilton and teammate George Russell were at the team factory last week.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “It was a very tough weekend for us at Imola. With Lewis we didn’t give him the tools or the track position to show his true pace.”

“Since our return from Italy, we have learned as much as possible from the weekend and – in parallel – our learning has continued in the wind tunnel and the simulations. We have found several ways to improve the car and we will carry out experiments in Miami to correlate these simulations and hopefully confirm the development path for future races:

The Austrian has also pledged to help oversee a recovery of fortune for the Silver Arrows, constructors’ champions for the past eight campaigns: “The saying ‘calm seas don’t make good sailors’ comes to mind mind.

“This team has shown its resilience for many years and the difficult start to this season has lit a fire within every member of the squad, determined to turn it around.”

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