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Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed he first experienced racism as a five-year-boy.
Hamilton, who equalled Michael Schumacher's record of titles earlier this month, has been at the forefront of raising awareness of social injustice and racial inequality in the sport and society.
The 35-year-old has launched a group called the 'Hamilton Commission' to look into the lack of diversity in motorsport as he remains the only black driver in F1.
Hamilton has spoken in the past about the racism he and father Anthony suffered but he has laid bare the shocking treatment they received in an interview with GQ after being named 'Game Changer of the Year'.
Hamilton told GQ : “I started experiencing racism when I was five and people looked upon it so lightly, when someone would throw out these words, the bullying and the beatings and the intimidation…
"My dad always said, ‘Do your talking on the track,’ so I held my tongue, but we suppress a lot of things and all my suppressed emotions came up and I was like, ‘You know what? I have to do something. I cannot stay silent.’
"If we all stay silent, it will continue for generations.
"I look at my niece and nephew and do not want them to experience what I experienced.”
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton said F1 needed to address human rights abuses in countries races are staged.
“The human rights issue in so many of the places we go to is a consistent and massive problem,” he said. “It is very, very important.
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"This year has shown how important it is for not only us as a sport but for all the sports around the world to utilise the platform they have and push for change.
"We are one of the only ones that goes to so many different countries. As a sport we need to do more. We have taken a step in that direction but we can always do more.”
- Formula One
- Lewis Hamilton
- Michael Schumacher
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