Sports & Gaming
Meet Your Instructor
Lesson time 04:58 min
Meet Lewis Hamilton, a cultural icon and the most successful driver—and the first and only Black driver—in the history of Formula 1 racing. He shares what he will be teaching in this class and how you can use it to reach your fullest potential.
COMMENTATOR (VOICEOVER): Lewis Hamilton wins, a masterful performance. COMMENTATOR (VOICEOVER): It's a fifth win. COMMENTATOR (VOICEOVER): We have got a superstar in the making with Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has more wins than any other driver in Formula One history. LEWIS HAMILTON: The winning mindset is the will to succeed. It's the will to want something, that yearning for something greater, the unknown of how great you can be or how good you can be as something. It's that worry of failure, the fear that you have, and overcoming that fear. [CROWD CHEERING] I'm Lewis Hamilton. I'm a Formula One driver and champion. In my job, when you're driving at 200 miles an hour, if you lose focus, you can put a wheel in the grass, and you can end up in the wall. It's dangerous. People have lost their lives, and you need to be laser focused the whole time. So the peak performance is really what this sport is about. So through these classes, I'm going to be talking to you about mental preparation, how I prepare for my events, physical exertion and how I train my body, the journey into getting to where I am today. The struggles, the failures, the importance of taking risks, learning, mostly from your failures, to strengthen yourself and trying to achieve your goal. And hopefully these are some things that can help you. I started out racing remote control cars that most kids do at five years old. I was racing against people 10, 15 years older than me, and I was beating them when I was five years old. And my dad thought that I had great hand to eye coordination, so he bought me a go kart. And we ended up going into this this racing world. My dad and I were the only people of color at the track, so we were on the receiving end of abuse. Also, this sport is an expensive sport. My dad had to work four jobs to keep us racing, because it gets more and more expensive. My dad remortgaged the house two or three times. I mean, we wouldn't have made it without help. Actually, I got signed by a Formula One team when I was 13. My sponsorship with McLaren was my lifeline to reach my dream. I didn't turn professional until I was 22, then I won the championship. And the rest is kind of history. This part of the story definitely is, I think, the most important part of my journey. I've always wondered, why am I one of the very few people, if not the only, particularly the only driver, but one of the very few people of color here? NARRATOR: The first and only Black driver in Formula One history, Lewis Hamilton, has formed a commission to address the lack of diversity in UK motorsport on the track and throughout the industry. LEWIS HAMILTON: The sport is now putting efforts to change the pipeline for the future. I've won all these championships, but actually changing people's lives and giving people opportunity, that's probably the thing that I'm most proud of. This class is for anyone who is out ...
About the Instructor
As the winningest Formula 1 driver in the history of the sport, Lewis Hamilton knows what it takes to come out on top. Now, he’s teaching you how to achieve greatness in your own life. Whether you already know your goals or are still trying to figure them out, you’ll learn how to face your fears, turn negatives into positives, and continuously challenge yourself in order to find—and reach—your true potential.