Hamilton was raised on a council property in Stevenage, along with his father holding down a number of jobs to fund his early karting profession that helped pave the way in which for his success in F1.
The seven-time F1 world champion mentioned in an interview with Spanish publication AS that F1 “has change into a billionaire boys’ membership”, including: “If I have been to begin over from a working-class household, it will be unattainable for me to be right here in the present day as a result of the opposite boys would have much more cash.
“We have now to work to vary that and make this an accessible sport, for the wealthy and for folks with extra humble origins.”
Three drivers on the F1 grid – Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi and Nikita Mazepin – are the sons of billionaires, whereas the vast majority of energetic racers have required assist from producers or sponsors to make it to the highest stage as a result of prices concerned.
Mercedes F1 chief Wolff mentioned that whereas each driver had their very own story, he agreed with Hamilton that extra needed to be accomplished to cut back prices in grassroots racing.
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“What makes the game so enticing is that it gives narrative for good cleaning soap [opera] exterior of the racing too,” Wolff mentioned.
“Drivers have all the time come from totally different backgrounds, and I feel there may be not all the time, everybody has his story, and issues to manage.
“I doubt that children from a extra privileged background have it straightforward on a regular basis. They’re combating their very own demons.
“What I feel we will do is ensure that grassroots racing turns into extra reasonably priced, so youngsters that haven’t received any monetary background can truly achieve success within the junior formulation.
“All the large Method 1 groups [need to be] in a position to establish these youngsters, quite than making it so costly that a good go-karting season prices 250,00zero, an F4 season 500,00zero, and an F3 season 1 million.
“That’s completely absurd, [and] must cease, as a result of we need to have entry. I feel we have to give entry to youngsters which are fascinated by go-karting, the chance to race for far more reasonably priced budgets.”