Lewis Hamilton has entered into the second half of his illustrious Formula 1 career, and while on the track he could be motivated by the 7 world titles that Michael Schumacher has, off the track, he wants to work towards educating young drivers who don’t quite make it in F1 and then have very little to fall back on.
Hamilton is aware of the hardships one has to go through to make it big in Formula 1, and is also aware of what happens when young drivers can’t really make it big. In order to train and practice, these young drivers compromise on their education and that is something that the FIA needs to work on in order to ensure that more and more young drivers are encourage to take the sport(as a lot of parents don’t want their kids to get into the sport as the chances of making it big aren’t that great).
Hamilton wants the FIA to see if these young drivers that can’t make it big as drivers can somehow have different career opportunities in the sport.
“I just want to keep on driving hard and keep encouraging kids,” said Hamilton.
“Hopefully I’m going to meet with Jean at some stage, because I feel there is some positive impact that we can have on young kids that are at school.
“A lot of kids that are racing don’t have an education or don’t get an education. Parents take the kids out of school to focus on trying to get that ultimate and then when it doesn’t happen you fall flat on your back.
“Obviously winning a championship is a great thing, but hopefully I can work on that with Jean, so that with these kids, even if they don’t make it to Formula 1, or as another racing driver, they can be an engineer.
“There are thousands of people within these teams, there are so many opportunities within all these organisations, so that’s something I want to get involved in.” he added.
Hamilton will not be content by just being remembered as a great driver, he wants to give back to the sport, to the people involved with the sport and especially the young ones that are trying to make it big in the sport and in life.
“This great sport and this great opportunity that I have had has created a great foundation and an opportunity for me to do other things,” said Hamilton.
“I’ve always been one to want to have some positive impact; I don’t want to be just taking, taking, taking.
“I want to be doing some positive things for the future.
“So, if I want to be remembered for anything it’s by building a school, whether it’s encouraging education, whether it’s just helping people get through difficult times.
“It’s kind of difficult to put it into words but naturally I don’t want my time on Earth to mean nothing” he concluded.
FIA needs to work with teams and set up schools that can provide young kids with varied career opportunities in the sport so that they can make a living for themselves while being attached to something that they truly love.