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Hamilton sets out goal for when he leaves F1

Lewis Hamilton's push for diversity has already left its mark on F1, and he hopes that continues after he decides to leave the paddock.

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Lewis Hamilton is hoping that his push for equality leaves its mark on F1 when he eventually retires, though he's already noticed changes within the sport and at Mercedes.

The Briton has led the fight for equality and diversity in the paddock, along with continuing his anti-racism message. As part of this mission, Hamilton and Mercedes announced the launch of a joint initiative called 'Ignite', which is aimed at achieving greater diversity and inclusion within motorsport, based on the findings and recommendations of The Hamilton Commission.

Hamilton, who also launched the charitable foundation Mission 44, which works to empower young and underrepresented groups in the UK, is hoping his efforts make a real difference on F1 and the outside world once he decides to hang up his gloves.

"What will make me proud is when I leave this paddock, to really see this journey of taking action, seeing more women here, seeing more people of colour here, seeing it more reflective of the outside world and see it continue to progress," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"That's what will make me proud. I've already seen that within my team and I'm already seeing that here.

"One thing that I experienced, when we started coming out of lockdown, we started going back to the factory, I walked in and I saw the marketing department. A bigger team than I'd ever seen before, a more diverse than I'd ever seen.

"I was really, really shocked and it was really emotional for me, because most often you're the only person of colour in the room and you always wonder why."

Hamilton, who turns 37 in January, will be on the F1 grid for at least the next two seasons after extending his Mercedes contract back in July.

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