- TitleDriver and activist
- CompanyMercedes F1
Last year, Lewis Hamilton further cemented his place in racing lore with his sixth Formula 1 world championship, bringing him one title away from matching the record held by German legend Michael Schumacher. But far more important than Hamilton’s quest for number seven is the stance he’s taken this year—as the first and only Black driver in an overwhelmingly white sport—in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. From taking a knee before races to publicly calling out his fellow drivers for their silence on matters of racial justice, Hamilton has grown beyond his reputation as a flashy playboy who hangs out with supermodels and crashes million-dollar sports cars in Monaco. He’s now the face of his sport in more ways than one—a leader on and off the track.