Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula One world champion who recently invested in the Denver Broncos, said that he wants to increase his involvement with clubs to increase Black ownership and equity in sports.
Thursday at the Dutch Grand Prix, Hamilton was questioned about rumours that co-owner of the Mercedes F1 team, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, planned to purchase English soccer powerhouse Manchester United.
Ratcliffe, the head of INEOS, already owns the French soccer team OGC Nice and the cycling team INEOS Grenadiers.
“I hope in future to do something with Jim and build with him. I don’t know where that will be or what that will be,” Hamilton told reporters in Zandvoort, adding they had not spoken about United.
“I do want to get more and more involved in teams because I really do believe in Black ownership, because there is a lack of it within sports, and Black equity. There is a real lack of that.”
This year, both Hamilton and Ratcliffe attempted unsuccessful offers for United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Hamilton was part of a group that also includes tennis legend Serena Williams, who has an interest in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, whose Hard Rock Stadium hosted a Formula One race for the first time this year.
Hamilton, whose Caribbean-born paternal ancestors immigrated to Britain, is the only Black Formula One driver and is vocal about racial problems and boosting diversity in the sport.
It was revealed last month that he has joined the ownership group of the Broncos of the National Football League.
The 32 NFL teams said in March that they wanted to promote ownership diversity.
“With the Broncos, I really want to try and focus on what I can do in terms of D&I (diversity and inclusion) within the team and within the infrastructure and the surroundings in terms of the stadium and the homes that they end up building when you do eventually get a new stadium,” said Hamilton.
“It’s super exciting the potential that there is there.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine published the previous month, Hamilton said that he was transitioning into an entrepreneur with interests spanning from vegan eateries to the music business and fashion.
Mellody Hobson, chair of Starbucks and minority owner of the Denver Broncos, was described as his mentor and “one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met in my life.”