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Lewis Hamilton: We all need to speak up | Schiff ‘has a louder voice’ than trolls

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton spoke out in support of Sky Sports pundit Naomi Schiff after her credentials were questioned on social media; Trailblazing former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick also supported Schiff

Last update: 06/17/22 20:06

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Lewis Hamilton thinks Sky Sports F1’s Naomi Schiff is doing an amazing job of showing girls that it’s possible to have a role in Formula One.

Lewis Hamilton thinks Sky Sports F1’s Naomi Schiff is doing an amazing job of showing girls that it’s possible to have a role in Formula One.

Lewis Hamilton vowed to use social media to continue fighting for more diversity in Formula 1 after showing his support for Naomi Schiff earlier in the week.

Schiff, a professional racing and stunt driver who competed in the W Series in 2019 before becoming the championship’s Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador, had her credentials questioned on Twitter after appearing in her role as sky sports expert at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend.

Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, who has been the target of abuse on social media in the past, was quick to show his support for the 28-year-old driver, reiterating that ahead of the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, as well as declaring his intention to continue using his platform to denounce injustice.

“Ultimately, that’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I think social media is for,” Hamilton said. “It’s a great platform for sharing messages with friends, but there’s so much misinformation out there that it’s important to find something out and share it.

“It’s a great place and ground to highlight certain issues and issues. Naomi doesn’t need me to speak for her, but I know what it’s like to be at the bottom of abuse and racial abuse.

“Representation is very important, we live in a sport dominated by men and Naomi is one of the first people of color, and one of the only people since I’ve been here, in Formula 1. It’s a huge responsibility to stand up and be the only one, and then getting hate for nothing is terrible and unacceptable, so I think it’s important that we all stick together.

“She’s doing an amazing job, so for all the young girls from different backgrounds looking and seeing that it’s possible to have a role in this sport and the ecosystem is very, very important. But ignorance is a blessing, right? We all have to talk, we all have to work together, and we can all be better.”

Hamilton has seen change since entering Formula 1 in 2007, citing how the workforce at his Mercedes team has become increasingly diverse in recent years.

However, the 37-year-old believes there is still a lot of work to be done, particularly when it comes to attracting more women to the sport on the engineering side.

“There is so much work that we need to do to improve representation and opportunities for women at all levels within teams and within the sport,” said Hamilton.

“I think she’s made a lot of progress. I can only reflect on my own team, for example when I go back to the factory there’s a huge increase in women coming in, more in the marketing and human resources space, but in terms of engineers we’ll have to encouraging more young women and girls to get involved in those issues and create opportunities, I think that’s part of my role in the background work with Stefano [Domenicali, Formula 1 Group CEO] and the FIA ​​to ensure they are creating a more inclusive environment for all.

We all need to talk, we all need to work together and we can all be better.

Lewis Hamilton

“I got here, and we’ve been talking about this for a while, and you don’t see much of a difference when you’re standing behind the camera or walking around the paddock, it doesn’t change as much as I do. I would have expected, but it’s a conversation I appreciate continuing.”

Patrick: Schiff ‘has a much louder voice’ than trolls

Along with current Formula 1 drivers, trailblazing former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick also supported Schiff.

Patrick, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and the top female finisher in NASCAR’s prestigious Daytona 500, is featured in sky sports as a guest commentator for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

And he called out those who send abuse on social media.

Naomi Schiff sits down with Lewis Hamilton to discuss last season in Abu Dhabi and her aspirations for 2022

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Naomi Schiff sits down with Lewis Hamilton to discuss last season in Abu Dhabi and her aspirations for 2022

Naomi Schiff sits down with Lewis Hamilton to discuss last season in Abu Dhabi and her aspirations for 2022

“She has a much louder voice than the five seconds the person tweeting will have,” Patrick said.

“The way I always saw it was: At least I don’t have a bitter life, because that’s all they can do is scream negativity.

“It just shows you his headspace and to be honest all the drivers said that so I’m just echoing them. It’s a situation that will never fully cure but every now and then it’s a bit of fun to touch it and make people fight the battle for you.

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