To the victor …
Where have we been? Where were we while Lewis Hamilton was quietly becoming the hottest new star in auto racing? On Sunday, the 22-year-old Brit of Grenadian descent, the first black driver in Formula One history, became the first black winner in Formula One history by capturing the Canadian Grand Prix. The victory capped what has already been a remarkable season for the affable young man, who drives for McLaren Mercedes. He’s raced six times so far this season and reached the podium each time. He is currently F1’s overall points leader. NASCAR who?
Hamilton’s parents emigrated from Grenada but separated when he was two. He was raised by his father and a stepmother. He apparently took to cart racing early – ads do most great drivers – but the passion was a financial hardship on his family. Undoubtedly he is appreciating his success. For another reason as well: His younger brother, Nicholas, suffers from cerebral palsy.
A friend just asked me an interesting question: If Hamilton had been American do you think he would have been able to get sponsorship – let alone Mercedes? Puulllleeez!
BY JOE SAWARD