Lewis Hamilton’s place in F1 and British history long assured before last lap heartache in Abu Dhabi– The Yorkshire Post says

SO near and yet so far – Lewis Hamilton was about half a lap away from securing a record eighth Formula One world title, and eclipsing the once impregnable record of Michael Schumacher, before being denied by his rival Max Verstappen at the end of an epic and high-octane season that has rekindled the public’s interest in motor racing.

Lewis Hamilton was denied a record eighth world title on the final lap.
Lewis Hamilton was denied a record eighth world title on the final lap.

Yet, amid the acrimony on and off the track that has become a feature of this dramatic duel for the ages, Hamilton’s place in Formula One and British history has already been long assured.

After all, the 36-year-old’s achievements on the track have been matched by his accomplishments out of the drivers’ cockpit as a person of colour, UK role model and global icon willing to use his position on top of the podium to challenge racism and injustice. Long may this last.

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As Hamilton himself said in 2018: “Kids, people, there are so many jobs in this sport of which anybody, no matter your ethnicity or background, can make it and fit in.”

Lewis Hamilton was denied a record eighth world title on the final lap.

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