Seven-time Formulation One champion Lewis Hamilton has detailed the “traumatizing” racist abuse which he says he suffered at college throughout an episode of Jess Shetty’s ‘On Objective’ podcast launched on Monday.
“Faculty was essentially the most traumatizing and most troublesome a part of my life. I used to be already being bullied on the age of six,” the Mercedes driver mentioned.
“At that specific college, I used to be certainly one of three children of shade and simply greater, stronger, bullying children have been throwing me round a whole lot of the time,” the Mercedes driver mentioned.
“And the fixed jabs, the issues which might be both thrown at you, like bananas, or individuals that may use the N-word simply so relaxed. Individuals calling you half-caste and never figuring out the place you slot in. That was troublesome,” he added.
“In my [secondary] college, there have been six or seven Black children out of 1,200 children, and three of us have been put exterior the headmasters’ workplace on a regular basis,” Hamilton continued.
“I felt the system was up towards me and I used to be swimming towards the tide … There have been a whole lot of issues I suppressed.
“I didn’t really feel I might go residence and inform my mother and father that these children stored calling me the N-word or I bought bullied or overwhelmed up at college at this time, or I wasn’t capable of defend myself. I didn’t need my dad to suppose I used to be not sturdy,” he added.
CNN reached out to Hamilton’s colleges however has not acquired responses.
The wide-ranging interview, which is over an hour lengthy, is the 38-year-old Hamilton’s first podcast look.
The Stevenage-born Hamilton is F1’s solely Black driver, and in 2021, he partnered with Mercedes to launch Ignite, a joint charitable initiative to help better range and inclusion in motorsport.
Hamilton additionally based Mission 44, which goals to reinforce the lives of individuals from underrepresented teams.
Hamilton will start his seventeenth F1 season on the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5.