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Hamilton could drive diversity in F1, says Motorsport chief

F1 DIVERSITY: Lewis Hamilton is the sport's first and only black driver

THE CHAIRMAN for Motorsport UK has said that Lewis Hamilton could be a great ambassador for improving diversity in F1.

David Richards said that he hoped Hamilton, Formula One’s first and only black driver, would lend his support to the motor racing’s UK governing body in its efforts to attract underrepresented groups.

Richards told Press Association Sport: "I am sure in future years that Lewis is going to be a great ambassador for us in helping to attract and appeal to disadvantaged children in inner cities, who may kick a football around, but the last thing they would ever dream of being able to do is drive a racing car. We have got to make opportunities available for people like that. I hope Lewis will be supportive of the initiative."

Last week Hamilton, 34, shared some of his thoughts about the lack of diversity in the sport on social media.

The Mercedes driver said that there have been no improvements in more than a decade.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: “There’s barely any diversity in F1. Still nothing’s changed in 11 years I’ve been here. Kids, people, there’s so many jobs in this sport of which anybody, no matter your ethnicity or background, can make it and fit in.”

It is not the first time that the four-time world champion has spoken out about F1’s poor diversity record. He has said that he wants to see more non-white racers in F1.

Hamilton has previously said that when he first started his career as a Formula 1 driver, he tried to ignore the fact that he was the first black man to race in the sport but gradually appreciated the impact he could have.

“It's a pretty cool feeling to be the person to knock down a barrier - just like the Williams sisters did in tennis or Tiger Woods in golf,” he said.

He’s also been vocal on race issues outside of F1. On Tuesday, he voiced his support of the England team after Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse.

“Congrats to England on their 5-1 win against Montenegro last night, you’re doing us all proud. What you faced with the chants was despicable. Completely unacceptable, no room for this behaviour in any sport,” he tweeted.

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