Lewis Hamilton clinched a record-equaling seventh world championship title by winning a wet and dreary Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday proving him to be one of, if not, the greatest Formula One driver of all time.
As the championship winning Mercedes crossed the finish line, Hamilton expressed his gratitude to the team via his team radio.
“That is for all the kids out there who dream the impossible. You can do it too,” he told Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff and the team.
A positive message in turbulent times.
Throughout his career, no one has divided more opinions than Lewis Hamilton.
Many credit Hamilton’s achievements as luck or simply being in the right car at the right time.
but many still ask could anyone else have dreamed to achieve what Hamilton has?
Stevenage born Lewis Hamilton’s career all started with nothing more than a dream that most thought would be far-fetched or unrealistic. In order to make his dream a reality, Hamilton devoted everything to achieving it and proving his doubters wrong.
Hamilton often speaks about the adversity he has faced for most of his life. Despite the challenges, Hamilton’s talent was clear as far back as his young karting days in the 1990s, as he made a name for himself through the lower formulas up to Formula One.
Hamilton has simply always been competitive, full of confidence and determined.
As a McLaren rookie in 2007, Hamilton lost the world championship by a single point. Hamilton himself would blame this on an error in the pitlane at the Chinese GP which would haunt him for years to come.
He bounced back in 2008 to win the World Championship for McLaren, as he became, at the time, the youngest world champion – continuing to break records ever since.
His drive to be the best has resulted in many sacrifices and big decisions over the years. Following a four-year period of sub-par results, Hamilton moved from McLaren to Mercedes to replace none other than the retiring Michael Schumacher.
Roll forward to the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix and it’s clear Hamilton has learnt from every mistake, opting not to risk a pit stop – going against team orders. Experience paid off.
In the most challenging year in the sport’s history, Lewis Hamilton is once again rewriting the history books, with record for poles and wins, as well as matching the all time great Michael Schumacher’s championship record.
Speaking with Sky Sports F1 Hamilton said it all came back to his time as a kid dreaming of driving in F1.
“I remember being a kid and watching all these Grands Prix, loving cars, and not necessarily having someone who looked like me in the sport,” he said.
Now, as a seven time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton is taking on another challenge as an activist determined to make the sport more diverse by inspiring young people from all backgrounds to follow his lead.
Though challenging, 2020 has proved to be a year of hope and change and now more than ever, achievements like Hamilton’s should be recognised daring us all to dream.