By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
With six Formula One World Championships to his name, British race car driver, Lewis Hamilton, is one of this century’s greatest athletes. Driving for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, which has environmental stewardship at its core, Hamilton and his engineers are determined to harness the technology utilized in their F1 driving experience to influence sustainability in the road cars of our future. Mercedes most recently debuted the fully electric, very smart and very sexy Mercedes Benz Vision EQS to the world, and is currently testing Mercedes-AMG’s One, to put a version of their F1 engine into a road car.
Sustainability is not a new conversation for Hamilton who took the first Formula One hybrid win in 2009 with his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, and now races with an advanced engine capacity of more than 50% brake thermal efficiency (meaning more power is used than wasted). In Formula One, a sport known for its fast cars, fast drivers and fast women, he stands as a shining ambassador for a new world, consistently speaking out on global issues that matter and using his platform to make a difference. “Recently I’ve been making many changes in my life to reduce my impact on the environment. The first step in this journey was to understand my personal impact on the planet so I could improve it. Since then I have offset my carbon footprint from my Formula One career dating back to 2007. I want to use my position as a racing driver to enforce permanent and positive change,” he says. Putting his money where his mouth is, he has turned to a plant-based diet, sold his private jet and reduced his fleet of personal cars.
Beyond Formula One, Hamilton recently announced founding his own race team, X44 (named after his F1 racing number), to compete in the exhilarating, electric,off-road series, Extreme E. Debuting in 2021, Extreme E will race in five remote locations dramatically affected by climate change - the arctic, desert, rainforest, glacier, and coastal - to raise awareness of global warming. Hamilton says, “Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder. Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One mean that I won’t be operationally involved in X44, but I’m excited to play a different role in this new series, one that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life.”
PC: Extreme E