On Sunday, vegan race car driver Lewis Hamilton broke Formula One’s all-time win record—previously held by racing legend Michael Schumacher—after securing his 92nd Grand Prix win at the Portuguese Grand Prix. As the crowd gave him a standing ovation, the 35-year-old athlete celebrated the historic victory with his father, stepmother, and vegan dog Roscoe.
“Today is beyond my wildest dreams. I couldn’t be here today without my team, continuously innovating and pushing the barrier in this game. I’m so grateful to have you guys by my side through this journey,” Hamilton said on Instagram. “It doesn’t matter how many Sundays we do this, it’s always a challenge. None of this has been easy. It’s been such a privilege to work with you all. I’m thinking of Michael today, I will forever have the utmost admiration and respect for you, it’s truly been an honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as you.”
To celebrate the win, Protugeuse street artist Hauriu painted a giant mural of Hamilton on a grassy field and Sky Sports released a mini-documentary to highlight Hamilton’s incredible driving career.
Hamilton went vegan in 2017 and has since used his platform to promote a variety of issues that involve the environment and animal welfare, including urging his followers to go vegan, ditch leather, and boycott animal exploitation for entertainment. As the only Black Formula One driver, Hamilton has also used his fame to fight for racial justice both on and off the track and wore a mask emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” while celebrating his record-breaking win in Portugal.
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