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

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

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

In recent years, Hamilton has embarked on a campaign to increase diversity in motorsport.

He set up a commission to study why ethnic minorities are under-represented in the sport, established his Mission 44 campaign to look at ways of supporting young people from under-served backgrounds, and is working with Mercedes on increasing diversity within their team, and in F1.

Hamilton embarks on his 17th season in F1 in March and is entering the final year of his latest Mercedes contract.


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