Hamilton: Not the same man I was before this trip to Africa

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Lewis Hamilton says he feels “transformed” after travelling in Africa, finding inspiration in his “beautiful motherland during Formula 1’s summer break.

The seven times F1 world champion whose paternal grandparents emigrated to Britain from the Caribbean, has documented across social media his trip to Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

“These past two weeks have been some of the best days of my entire life,” Hamilton reported in an Instagram post. “I’m not the same man I was before this trip, all the beauty, love and peacefulness I experienced has me feeling fully transformed.”

Hamilton, who races for Mercedes and has won a record 103 grands prix, said he had connected with his roots and felt his ancestors with him stronger than ever before.

“No amount of photos could capture how I’m feeling now and what I’m trying to say,” the 37-year-old told his 29.5 million followers. “Just know, where words fall short emotions run deep.”

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Hamilton is a big fan of South African legend and global icon Nelson Mandela who he met in London ahead of a concert in his honour to raise funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Sir Lewis has long called for F1 to race on the African continent, with the sport’s officials talking to organisers in South Africa about a return to Kyalami for the first time since 1993.

“The place that I really feel is dear to my heart and most important for me is to get a race back in South Africa,” Hamilton, an outspoken campaigner for racial equality and diversity, said last year.

Adding: “I think there’s a great following out there and it would be great to be able to highlight just how beautiful the motherland is.”

After his African safari, an inspired Hamilton returns to the business of the 2022 F1 World Championship, with Round 14 – the Belgian Grand Prix – on 26 to 28 August, at Spa-Francorchamps, where a Mercedes revival could be on the cards. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)