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Hamilton took the climate issue into account in his new F1 contract with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton’s life consists of more than just Formula 1. The defending world champion is also an activist against racism or climate change, for example.

Hamilton took the climate issue into account in his new F1 contract with Mercedes

Hamilton took the climate issue into account in his new F1 contract with Mercedes (Image: AutoSport)

Hamilton also stopped using airplanes for some activities. He recently invested in X44, a team that participates in a new series of electric off-road racing called Extreme E. Instead of flying, cars and their components will travel the world on the RMS St. Helena, an old Royal Mail ship .

“The idea is to make people aware of environmental issues. Think of the Amazon rainforest, a glacier melting in Patagonia, ” said Hamilton in a conversation with Wired.co.uk.

Therefore, although Hamilton is eager to improve the world, he is still active in Formula 1, which aims to stay carbon neutral.

“It was one of my points in the contract negotiations with Mercedes, as well as the team’s commitment to supporting more diversity and inclusion in motorsport through a charity.”

However, Lewis does not think about giving up:

“What are my options? I could give up. The advantage would be that I wouldn’t have to run on 20 different circuits, and therefore, I could fly less. But the fact is that if I stop, the sport will continue. They are not going to cancel F1 because of me, ”he added.

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