Lewis Hamilton named in TIME's 100 most influential people in 2020
It's the second time the 6 time world champion has been included on the list and it included a tribute from NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace
Lewis Hamilton has been absolutely dominating in Formula 1 this year, as he has done for the last few years. Along with that, he's been much more vocal than he has been previously in recent years, making huge stands against racism and to protect the environment. It's no surprise then that this year he was included in the list of TIME's 100 most influential people for the second time in his career and part of his inclusion in the list involved a tribute from NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.
"I’m the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top level. So Lewis’ example - as the lone Black F1 driver - is particularly meaningful for me," said Wallace in his tribute to Hamilton. "He shows we’re out there doing it. To see him conquering the track damn near every weekend, it motivates me to try to do the same. His activism has also moved the world. Lewis has brought international attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, through his advocacy on social media and at F1 events. As well as his activism, Wallace praised Hamilton's sheer dedication to racing and using his sport as a platform to make change. "Lewis’ mental preparation, his aura, his ability to capitalize on every opportunity to use his platform to drive out racism are more than just a model for race-car drivers and other athletes. He’s an inspiration for everyone."
"The TIME 100 has always been a mirror of the world and those who shape it,” said TIME CEO and editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal whilst he was explaining why this year's list is a little bit different than usual in a year where we have been severely affected by COVID-19 and the full exposure of the issues involving race in America as well as several other countries. “While you will certainly find people who wield traditional power on this year’s list - heads of state, CEOs, major entertainers - it also includes many extraordinary, lesser-known individuals who seized the moment to save lives, build a movement, lift the spirit, repair the world. Their work challenges each of us to wield our own influence toward a world that is healthier, more resilient, more sustainable and just."
Other athletes on the TIME 100 list this year included tennis player Naomi Osaka, who was also notable for using her platform to push anti-racism causes as Hamilton has done in Formula 1, NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes and recently retired NBA player Dwayne Wade. The list also featured 54 women, a record number in the list's history, as well as more doctors and nurses than in previous years. Film director Bong Joon Ho is also a part of the list, as is vice-president nominee Kamala Harris, soccer player and prominent LGBTQIA+ activist Megan Rapinoe, US healthcare advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and director-general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus. The full list is available to view here.