Lewis Hamilton won’t forget about 2020 soon. It was the year that he ripped up the Formula One record books, became the loudest sporting voice in the fight for equality in Britain, and is to be honoured with a trip to Buckingham Palace. Hamilton went into his typical Colorado season break after clinching his fifth championship in six years to ponder how he could match Michael Schumacher as the greatest driver of all time.
The Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system was introduced by Hamilton’s Mercedes team during winter practice, which would push the all-conquering team of the sport into another stratosphere. Indeed, when, in March, the 35-year-old Hamilton arrived in Melbourne, he was the overwhelming favorite of the magnificent seven of Schumacher. But with the corona virus on the rise, Australia’s F1 travel world questioned whether it should be at all there. Although the topic was avoided by other drivers, Hamilton made his feelings clear: “It’s shocking that we’re all sitting here in this room,” he said. A McLaren mechanic tested positive twenty-four hours later, the British team pulled out, and the opening round was thrown on the garbage heap. @McLarenF1 helped the #F1 family teams pack up in Australia after the team sent 14 of its core members into self-isolation pic.twitter.com/WYKNlIff2N-Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2020 Hamilton received praise for his outspoken beginning Just like the 20,000 African souls who died on the journey here and were thrown into the sea, with no burial or memorial, this man’s statue should remain in the water. Yesterday, today and forever, Black Lives Matter #EndRacism #JUSTICEFORBREONNATAYLOR pic.twitter. com/xYigu72YK6- Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 3, 2020 To find out why there are so few black faces in the Formula One paddock, the Mercedes driver set up the Hamilton Commission. He convinced Mercedes to change the usual silver livery for black to send an exceptional message in the fight Lewis Hamilton requested that F1 bosses allow him to kneel before each race (Hamad Mohammed/AP)With inspiration from his off-course crusade, Hamilton became an irresistible force on the track, winning five of the first seven races. He equaled Schumacher’s record of 91 victories at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany in October. Two weeks later, Hamilton once again exceeded the record in Portugal. And in N.