Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton Details ‘Traumatising’ Racist Abuse He Suffered at School

Lewis Hamilton has opened up about the racist abuse he suffered throughout his childhood. The Formula One superstar says that he was targeted at school because of his skin colour and repeatedly called the N-word, among other slurs. He also shed light on how suppressing those negative feelings impacted his mental and emotional well-being.

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In an interview on the On Purpose podcast with Jay Shetty, the 38-year-old British driver detailed the racial abuse he faced when he was six years old as a kid growing up in Stevenage, saying it was the most challenging period of his life.

“School was the most traumatising and most difficult part of my life. I was already being bullied at the age of six. At that particular school, I was one of three kids of colour and just bigger, stronger, bullying kids were throwing me around a lot of the time.

“And the constant jabs, the things that are either thrown at you, like bananas, or people that would use the N-word just so relaxed. People calling you half-caste and not knowing where you fit in. That was difficult.”

Hamilton went on to say that the racism continued into his secondary education, stating both children and staff targeted him and other black pupils.

“In my school there were six or seven black kids out of 1,200 kids and three of us were put outside the headmasters’ office all the time,” the sport icon explained. The headmaster just had it out for us – and particularly me. I felt the system was up against me and I was swimming against the tide.”

“There were a lot of things I suppressed. I didn’t feel I could go home and tell my parents that these kids kept calling me the N-word or I got bullied or beaten up at school today, I didn’t want my dad to think I was not strong.”

With seven-world titles, millions of dollars in the bank and a life most of us could only dream of, it’s safe to say the Mercedes driver had the last laugh. Elsewhere in the podcast, Hamilton discussed his future in F1 and admitted he will struggle once he decides to hang up the helmet and gloves.

“It is going to be really, really hard when I stop racing,” he said. I have been doing it for 30 years. When you stop, what is going to match that?”

“Nothing is going to match being in a stadium, being at a race, being at the pinnacle of the sport and being at the front of the grid or coming through the grid and that emotion that I get with that. When I do stop there will be a big hole so I am trying to focus and find things that can replace that and be just as rewarding.”

Like most retired athletes, we’d suggest getting into golf, but something tells us that wouldn’t give him the same rush…

Check out the full interview above. 

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