Formula One icon Lewis Hamilton has declared that the sport 'saved his life' when speaking following a meeting with NFL legend Tom Brady ahead of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion has been spreading messages about positivity and diversity in Florida ahead of Miami's maiden race weekend, having discussed his 'lonely journey' in Formula One on American daytime TV earlier this week.
As the countdown for the drama in Miami continues, Hamilton has met with Tom Brady at a fundraising event for underprivileged children and referenced his upbringing and difficult journey into the world of motorsport.
Far from the lavish lifestyle he's now able to enjoy, Hamilton grew up in humble beginnings with his father, Anthony, having to work multiple jobs to finance his son's dreams. Had it not been for this journey, the legendary driver feels his life would have been significantly different.
"The youth is everything and something I am passionate about is getting children into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Sport brings people together and it saved my life. I am glad we are doing something for good," the British driver said.
"I am so happy to be in Miami. This is the sport's first time here and the anticipation of this event has just sky-rocketed. Everyone is so excited but there will be a little bit of nerves because there will be so many people here and it is a new circuit."
Hamilton will be keen on much better showing in the first of two races in the United States this season, having endured a difficult season so far which saw him finish outside the points last time out at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.
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That has left last season's title runner-up seventh in the standings and way off the pace, with Mercedes unable to solve the 'porpoising' issues that have hammered their ability on the track.
Teammate George Russell has had better fortune in the car though, finishing above Hamilton in each of the last three races and inside the top five in all four of his races since switching to Mercedes from Williams.
Mercedes are set to utilise upgrades in this weekend's Miami Grand Prix, though it's widely expected that they won't feel the full effects of their improvements until the double-header in Barcelona and Monaco later this month.
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