It continues a theme that the British driver took into his own in 2020: he is a pioneer for F1, on and off the track, just as he wanted to be.
In 2019, at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Hamilton told reporters, as quoted by Planet F1: “I always love a challenge and this team has shown that they are better prepared and in the best position to be able to react to all the changes.
“So I know the team are approaching it in an exciting way, and as a challenge. Us drivers, there were certain things that were heard and not necessarily were all the decisions what we thought were best – the cars are heavier, and slower.
“But I think it’s going to be an interesting time. You’ve got the youngsters who are in town. I’m planning to be here then so at some point next year my mindset will be to switch into 2021, and wanting to be the pioneer in that era.”
In this instance, he is referencing the new rules that will now come into play in 2022 when teams must abide by a spending cap and entirely redesign their cars. It is a new era for F1, and Hamilton wants to be at the forefront of it.
But he has also proven his leadership in his work against racial injustice, making the sport more environmentally aware, and now in the realms of contracts.