LEWIS HAMILTON says his marketing campaign to advertise equality means extra to him than a seventh world title.
The Brit can equal Michael Schumacher’s document of seven championships in Turkey on Sunday — so long as he finishes forward of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton says battle for equality means greater than a seventh F1 world titleCredit score: AP:Related Press
Hamilton, 35, has been unstoppable throughout this Covid-hit season, successful 9 of the 13 races.
Whereas off the monitor, he has promoted Black Lives Matter and highlighted inequality and environmental points internationally.
He has used his platform as Formulation One’s most profitable driver of all time to assist elevate consciousness — and says that’s extra particular to him than one other title.
Hamilton stated: “The numbers and the figures and the titles and all that stuff, it maybe seems to imply extra from the surface.
“Watching the TV and watching Michael get the seventh and being like, ‘Wow, that’s seven’.
“However while you’re in it, it’s completely different. We’re going to proceed to battle for extra championships, we’re going to proceed to attempt to enhance and proceed to race and do what we love doing.
“What’s necessary is that journey. This 12 months has been mixed with the battle for equality and studying what’s taking place world wide and being somewhat bit extra conscious of environment.
“Naturally, matching an icon like Michael, I’d be extremely happy with that. However I feel it’s extra the message that it sends to individuals.
“Not simply children however hopefully largely children as a result of they’re the long run, that you must dream greater than you assume and don’t let anybody inform you possibly can’t go for that.”
Maybe, provided that the title takes second billing to his work for equality, Hamilton says he’s not desirous about matching Schumacher’s complete this weekend.
As a substitute he needs to take all of it in his stride understanding he has a cushty 85-point margin over Bottas with 4 races to go.
He added: “I’m simply centered on attempting to do a great job, simply taking it one race at a time, attempting to do one of the best we will as a staff, not desirous about anything.
“I’ve discovered to not add strain that’s pointless. I’ve 4 races to battle for these factors, so I don’t put all of it on to 1 weekend, sooner or later.
“For me, it’s one other race. I must method it precisely as I’ve up to now.
“Perhaps then that’s why generally it’s a shock. Swiftly it hits you as a result of you haven’t thought of it a lot and also you don’t know what to say, since you by no means actually know whether or not it’s going to occur.
“I’m not centered on the ‘what if?’ I’m centered on making ready myself the identical as earlier than to attempt to ship the best way I’ve all season.”
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Nonetheless it appears a formality — though it might have been lots completely different had he not determined to affix Mercedes from McLaren in 2013.
Hamilton admits it took some convincing from Ross Brawn and Niki Lauda — who had been each working for Mercedes on the time — once they first approached him about signing.
He stated: “I had first spoken to Niki. I used to be again residence in Monaco and he’s like, ‘You’ve acquired to come back to the staff’. And I wasn’t satisfied essentially at first.
“I feel the convincing stage, which actually made me look into it extra, was when Ross got here round my mum’s home and sat within the kitchen and we had tea.
“He confirmed me what the plan was for the staff. That was the true, in-depth perception into what the staff was planning and the adjustments they had been attempting to do.
“In order that was actually the ‘promoting’ level. With Niki we labored on the structure of the deal.”
As soon as his seventh title is wrapped up, both this weekend on the outskirts of Istanbul or within the subsequent race in Bahrain, Hamilton will swap his consideration to signing a brand new deal.
It’s anticipated to be a three-year contract price round £40million a 12 months — however as but, nothing is signed.
He added: “I’m very acutely aware of the concept I need to proceed with Mercedes. I’d love to assist them on this quest of pushing for change.
“They’re taking their vehicles inexperienced, electrifying extra and I need to assist them on that highway, I need to assist them push for range.
“There’s a lot to debate and undergo however it’s one thing we are going to do if not after the job is completed, then on the finish of the 12 months.
“Nothing is about in stone — it’s nearly speaking about it. I don’t really feel I’m completed. I don’t really feel shifting ahead . . . there are all the time areas to enhance.
“I like racing and the problem and I don’t assume that’s going to alter any time quickly.”
Hamilton branded the Turkish monitor as ‘s**t with a capital S’Credit score: EPA
Hamilton’s title-winning hopes acquired off to a slippery begin in yesterday’s observe.
With no working since being resurfaced, the monitor was thick with mud, which means the drivers had been left struggling for grip.
Hamilton sat out a big chunk of first observe as others tiptoed their method round, whereas within the afternoon session, Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen topped the time-sheets.
Charles Leclerc was second quickest for Ferrari, with Bottas third and Hamilton fourth.
Hamilton stated: “It was a little bit of a catastrophe at this time.
“This monitor is such a improbable circuit and I don’t absolutely perceive why they spent hundreds of thousands to re-do the floor of a monitor.
“They may have cleaned it as a substitute of losing their cash and now the monitor is worse than Portimao.
“So for us, the tyres aren’t working and also you see it.
“It’s like an ice rink on the market, so that you don’t get the enjoyment of the lap on the market and I don’t see that change there.
“It’s terrifying the entire method round. It’s like having moist patches the entire method round and I suppose the oil is seeping from the Tarmac.
“It’s s**t with a capital S.”