Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to female Mercedes employee

Lewis Hamilton is a strong campaigner for equality in motorsport.

Formula 1 drivers are some of the most influential people on the planet, with millions of people from all around the world tuning in to see a select group of 20 people go racing.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton makes sure that he uses this influence for good by raising awareness about important issues in the world and campaigning for what is right.

The Brit massively campaigns for equality, having had to deal with racism all throughout his career, making his pathway to the pinnacle of motorsport even more difficult.

Hamilton’s ‘Mission 44’ project helps to provide people who are disadvantaged or discriminated against with equal opportunities and the 38-year-old invests millions of his earnings into this project.

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For International Womens Day, the Brit has taken to Instagram to share an inspirational story of a member of his team who continues to break boundaries and make huge strides forward for both gender and race equality.

“Stephanie Travers was on my team at Mercedes, where she became the first black women to ever stand on an F1 podium,” began Hamilton.

“During her time at the team we talked often about where she was and where she wanted to be.

“She’s now the deputy team principal of @teamx44 and has been integral in leading them to multiple victories and last years’ championship.

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“Steph, it’s an honour to work with you and witness first-hand the journey you’re on. Happy #InternationalWomensDay to everyone, thank you Stephanie.”

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Hamilton’s Extreme E championship team Team X44 narrowly managed to win the championship last year, holding off challengers from multiple different angles on the final round of the season.

While Hamilton is clearly over the moon with the development of Stephanie Travers, he continues to campaign for opportunities in sport for women, with one not being enough.

The Brit has explained that there should be more female mechanics and engineers in the paddock however it is just a matter of highlighting the opportunities and supporting these women who have previously found it so difficult to get into a male dominated motorsport.