Lewis Hamil­ton

I feel like giv­ing up on ev­ery­thing

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Oliver Brown

Lewis Hamil­ton sparked wor­ries for his men­tal well-be­ing yes­ter­day af­ter post­ing an In­sta­gram mes­sage where he claimed he “felt like giv­ing up on ev­ery­thing”.

A day af­ter Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion pro­test­ers were or­dered to stop demon­strat­ing in Lon­don, the five­time world cham­pion wrote a series of laments – all of which he later deleted – about en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion.

While the 34-year-old is on the cusp of seal­ing his sixth For­mula One cham­pi­onship, it is the dan­ger of global eco­log­i­cal disas­ter that has been pre­oc­cu­py­ing him most of late.

“Hon­estly, I feel like giv­ing up on ev­ery­thing,” he told his 13.1 mil­lion fol­low­ers. “Shut down com­pletely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and peo­ple don’t seem to care? I’m go­ing to take a mo­ment away to gather my thoughts. Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world.”

Hamil­ton has re­cently em­braced ve­gan­ism and last month opened his own Neat Burger res­tau­rant in cen­tral Lon­don, us­ing only plant-based prod­ucts.

“Ex­tinc­tion of our race is be­com­ing more and more likely as we overuse our re­sources,” he said yes­ter­day. “Agri­cul­ture farm­ing is the largest pol­lu­tant we cur­rently have by over 50 per cent, far more than our travel in­dus­try com­bined. I’m sad to see so many peo­ple, even close friends, ig­nore what is hap­pen­ing daily.

“We were taught that eat­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts was good for us, but we’ve been lied to for hun­dreds of years. I want my life to mean some­thing, and hon­estly up un­til now my life has had no mean­ing.”

For all Hamil­ton’s sin­cer­ity, he has in­vited charges of hypocrisy, given the size of his own car­bon foot­print.

For sev­eral years, he trav­elled to F1 races by pri­vate jet. While he has since sold the air­craft, he still con­ducts a huge amount of first-class long-haul travel and serves as an am­bas­sador at Mercedes for chief spon­sor Petronas, one of the world’s largest oil and gas giants.

Gone ve­gan: Lewis Hamil­ton has be­come con­cerned by en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion

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