Hamilton makes first announcement since Abu Dhabi – “It is really important to me”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton made his first announcement since the events of the Abu Dhabi GP regarding a new initiative via a press release.

Hamilton’s future is up in the air after the 2021 season finale. It was an absolute shambles and one that cost him a surefire eighth world championship. What looked like a record-breaking end to the season became a tale of heartbreak and robbery.

The aftermath of what happened at Yas Marina has seen the seven-time world champion bask in his silence and Mercedes unsure if he will return to the sport. It is something that is very much left to be resolved.

However, Hamilton made his first announcement since the events of the Abu Dhabi GP, revealing the details of a new school initiative in association with the Sky Group.

Through his ‘Mission 44’ charitable foundation, the British Knight said, “Understanding and addressing issues that lead to young people being excluded from school is really important to me.

“Having experienced unfair exclusions during my time at school, I understand how upsetting and stressful it can be.

“When we launched Mission 44 last year, implementing initiatives such as these was a personal priority and I am grateful to have the support of Sky to help Mission 44 take action.

Lewis Hamilton with his hand on his heart. Abu Dhabi December 2021
Hamilton (pictured) is collaborating with schools to fight for inclusivity. Source: planetf1.com

“Through this partnership, I hope we can deliver meaningful change by arming schools with the proper strategies to support and empower young Black students instead of giving up on them.”

Change for the better

Mission 44 CEO Jason Arthur added, “Preventing school exclusions is an issue of social justice.

“Excluded students often must contend with a range of complex social and economic challenges such as poverty, racism and mental ill-health that cause them to face both disadvantage and discrimination in our education system.

“I’m delighted Mission 44 will be working with Sky to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable learners in our education system.”

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