Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton: I Was Racially Abused As Kid

Lewis Hamilton says he had bananas thrown at him and was regularly the subject of racial abuse at school.
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Lewis Hamilton says he had bananas thrown at him and was regularly the subject of racial abuse at school.

The Mercedes driver, 38, says his school days were "probably the most traumatising and most difficult part of my life".

Hamilton said: "I was already being bullied at the age of six.

"At that particular school, I was one of three kids of colour and just bigger, stronger, bullying kids were throwing me around a lot of the time."

Speaking to the On Purpose podcast, the seven-time Formula 1 champion detailed a number of racially abusive terms that he was referred to at school.

Hamilton added: "Not knowing where you fit in, that for me was difficult.

"When you go into history classes and there are no people of colour in the history they were teaching us. I was thinking, 'Where are the people who look like me?'

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/64376968

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