Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named as the most influential Black person in Britain by The Powerlist 2021, the annual list of the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK.
The 35-year-old made history last weekend when he clinched a seventh World Championship, making him the most successful driver in history as he equaled Michael Schumacher’s record. The Formula One superstar, who is the only Black driver in the sport, has been a major supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and recently launched The Hamilton Commission to improve diversity in UK motorsport, the Mirror reported.
“It’s an absolute honour to be named number one on The Powerlist, I really really appreciate it. This for me is a monumental moment,” the sportsman said. “I’m so proud to be acknowledged, especially within the black community. Everyone on this list is so inspiring and leading in their own industry, I’m honestly thrilled to be mentioned alongside them.”
The Powerlist, now in its 15th year, honors inspirational men and women in various industries including business, politics, the arts, science and technology. Hamilton, who came in at number one on the prestigious list, was joined by the following Black personalities who made it to the Top Five.