Lewis Hamilton: We all need to talk Schiff “has a higher voice” than trolls

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has spoken out in support of Sky Sports expert Naomi Schiff after her credentials were questioned on social media; Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick also gave her support to Schiff

Last updated: 18/06/22 00: 18h

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Lewis Hamilton believes that Naomi Schiff from Sky Sports F1 is doing an amazing job, showing the girls that it is possible to have a role in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton believes that Naomi Schiff from Sky Sports F1 is doing an amazing job, showing the girls that it is possible to have a role in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to use social media to continue striving for greater diversity in Formula One after showing support for Naomi Schiff earlier this week.

Schiff, a professional racer and stuntman who competes in the W Series in 2019, before becoming an ambassador for diversity and the inclusion of the championship, her credentials were questioned on Twitter after appearing in her role as Sky Sports expert on the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan last weekend.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton, who has been abused on social media in the past, hastened to show support for the 28-year-old and repeated this before his first Canadian Grand Prix training session, as well as announcing his intention to continue using his platform. to call for injustice.

“After all, that’s what I tried to do, and I think that’s what social media is about,” Hamilton said. “It’s a great platform for sharing messages with friends, but there’s so much misinformation that it’s important to find something and share it.

“This is a great place to highlight certain issues and topics. Naomi doesn’t need me to speak for her, but I know what it’s like to be at the end of violence and racial violence.

“Representation is so important; we live in a sport dominated by men and Naomi is one of the first people of color and one of the only people since I’ve been here in Formula 1. It’s a huge responsibility to stand and be the only one and then get the hatred for nothing is horrible and unacceptable, so I think it’s important that we all stick together.

“She’s doing an amazing job, so for all the young girls from different backgrounds who are looking and seeing that it’s possible to have a role in this sport, and the ecosystem is so, so important. But ignorance is bliss, isn’t it? We all need to talk, we all need to work together and we can all be better. “

Hamilton has seen changes since joining Formula One in 2007 and cites how the workforce on his Mercedes team has become increasingly diverse in recent years.

However, the 37-year-old believes that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to attracting more women to the sport from the engineering side.

“There is so much work we need to do to improve representation and opportunities for women at all levels in teams and in sports,” Hamilton said.

“I think he has made a lot of progress. I can only think about my own team, for example, when I return to the factory, there is a huge increase in the number of women entering, even more in the marketing space and HR, but in terms of engineers we will have to encourage more young women and girls to enter. in these topics and create opportunities, I think that’s part of my background role working with Stefano [Domenicali, Formula 1 Group CEO] and the FIA ​​to make sure they create a more inclusive environment for all.

We all need to talk, we all need to work together and we can all be better.

Lewis Hamilton

“I’ve been coming here talking about this for a while and you don’t see much difference when you’re behind the camera or walking down the paddock, it’s not shifted as much as I would have hoped, but it’s a conversation I’m grateful for. continues. “

Patrick: Schiff “has a much higher voice” than trolls

Along with current Formula One drivers, leading IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick also supported Schiff.

Patrick, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and the tallest woman in the prestigious NASCAR Daytona 500, appears on Sky Sports as a guest expert on the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

And she called on those who post abuse on social media.

Naomi Schiff sits with Lewis Hamilton to talk about last season in Abu Dhabi and its aspirations for 2022.

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Naomi Schiff sits with Lewis Hamilton to talk about last season in Abu Dhabi and its aspirations for 2022.

Naomi Schiff sits with Lewis Hamilton to talk about last season in Abu Dhabi and its aspirations for 2022.

“She has a much louder voice than the five seconds a tweeter will have,” Patrick said.

“The way I always looked at it was: At least I don’t have a bitter life – because that’s all they can do is scream negativity.

“It just shows you their space and, frankly, all the drivers have said that and I’m just repeating it to them. It’s a situation you’ll never heal completely, but it’s a little fun to sting it from time to time and get people to fight for you. “

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