Lewis Hamilton – Breaking the Mold in Formula One Racing | The Daily Show

Lewis Hamilton – Breaking the Mold in Formula One Racing | The Daily Show

-Welcome to the show.
-Thank you. -Dang. -Uh, it is so good
to have you here. And I think
for many of my viewers, I have to situate you
and who you are, because it’s a little bit crazy. You are a four-time
Formula 1 world champion. Formula 1 is one of
the biggest sports in the world. You’re a race car driver, but oftentimes when
I have to explain it to people, they go like, “Formula 1?”
They go like, “What is that?” -“What is it?” Yeah. -Yeah.
And I go like, “It’s NASCAR, -but they turn the other way.”
-(laughs) And, like,
is it strange for you? Is it a bit surreal
being in a position where you are in a sport
that genuinely is… Hundreds of millions of people
watch this around the world, but in America,
there’s many people who have no clue what you do. Uh, I wouldn’t say it’s strange. I think, you know, here, the… People grow up
and the drivers grow up -to do NASCAR or IndyCar
-Right. So, um, just like it’s NFL,
for example. Here you have… -That’s– ours is soccer
in England, so… -Right. Um, and then we only have
one race here, and we’ve not had a race here
for many, many years. Um, there was a gap we had
I think up until 2007. There was Indianapolis,
and then not till 2012, so… But it’s growing here,
but yeah, I’m educating. Every time I meet someone,
I’m telling them something new. And particularly,
uh, when I talk about, like,
the weight that I lose. They’re like, “Wow.” How much weight do you lose?
‘Cause people don’t know. Like, well, the most
I’ve ever lost in a race is ten and a half pounds
in an hour and 45 minutes. -And that was, like, Malaysia
and Singapore. -Right. And so every time
I tell that to an American, they’re like, “Wow,
I need to be a racing driver.” (laughter) You know,
I think one of the reasons F1 is growing in America
is because of your presence. You-You’re not
a regular racing driver that’s only on the track.
You’re out and about. Um, people love your story. So what-what I think
a lot of people have been really attracted to
when it comes to your story is the journey that you are on. So, I mean,
you grew up in a sport -that is really reserved for
very rich people, right? -Yeah. But you did not
grow up rich at all, and your dad
made your career possible. Like, how did that all begin? How hard was that journey
getting into F1? Uh, it was incredible. I mean, I grew up
on my dad’s couch and in a normal council estate, uh, and it was a weekend hobby
for me and my dad. We kind of stumbled across it. -We started racing RC cars
when I was four. -Right. And he thought I had really good
hand-to-eye coordination, so he bought me a go-kart. It was really old,
from the newspaper. And we arrived at the track
for the first time. We were not welcome.
We were the only first… -the only black people there.
-Right. And, um, you know,
and it was very, very expensive, so my dad had four jobs
just to keep us going. He was going to London,
doing his normal job, which was I.T.
at a railway station. And then he would come home. He’d be putting up
for sale signs, vending machines,
anything he could find a little bit of cash to…
’cause it’s so expensive. -Right.
-Uh, but I was lucky. I got signed when I was 13,
so that’s really… But the goal and my dream
started when I was five, was to be like Ayrton Senna, -which you know much about.
-Right, right, right. And, um, and kind of
we never lost sight of that. But my dad…
what my dad didn’t want us to do is to struggle as he did. He’s from Grenada.
Came to London and, you know,
struggled, really, um, finding money,
finding a good job. And he…
Also, my brother’s disabled, so he’s like, “I don’t want my
kids to struggle like I have.” So he worked to the bone
to create an opportunity for us. Right. The two of you
were a team. I mean, you’ve got your dad
teaching you how to race cars. You get signed at 13, and that’s really the beginning
of the journey. Because many people
have said in the world that F1 is
the pinnacle of driving. I mean, these are
the fastest cars in the world. You know, this is zero
to 60 in– What is it now? Is it a second now? What-what
are you at now? What is it, two? -What is it?
-It’s still, like, two. Oh, still two. Of– I’m sorry.
Still two seconds. Zero to 60 in two seconds. You-you have this machine
that you are controlling, and you are driving against the
fastest drivers in the world. You went from nothing to being
a four-time world champion. Every single day
is a challenge for you. And now you’re gonna be racing
in Austin, in America, and you could win
your fifth world championship, which-which is record-breaking
on so many levels. Do you sometimes take a moment
to pause and go, like, -“This is– this is surreal”?
-Oh, every day. I’m, you know–
I get to travel the world. I get to see and meet so many
different peech– people. And, um, racing
the Formula One car is just the greatest thing, man. Uh, I remember
from the first day that I got to drive
a Formula One car in 2006. Um, and when I entered
Formula One, I was 22. I’m 33 now. And my goal was always
to emulate this-this older,
you know, legendary driver. He was a Brazilian
who died in the sport, ’cause it is a dangerous sport. -And he was three-time world
champion, as you know. -Right. And so, two years ago,
I-I equaled him, um, which was kind of just
an incredible moment for-for me. And then, since then, I’ve
kind of been trying to carry on the baton from him,
because, as I said, -he was the guy
I always wanted to be. -Right. And you-you’re still
the only black F1 driver. And it’s always surreal
and interesting, ’cause, like, when the camera
goes, you know, down the paddock, they’ll show,
like, all the drivers, all the drivers. And,
just generally, I mean, like, F1, in many ways, is
sort of like equestrian sports. You can see what a person
looks like when they’re in it. You’re like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah,
you-you do– you ride the horses.
You ride the horses. You ride–” Like, everyone’s got that look.
And then it gets to you, and it’s like, “Uh, I’m sorry,
sir, how did you get in here?” Like, and a lot of people
complained about that initially. -They were like, “Is he bringing
hip-hop to the sport? -I know. “Is he bringing– is he gonna
put, like, a sound system in his car?
Is that what’s happening here?” -That’s exactly how it is.
-But, like, you’ve-you’ve shown that you can still be yourself and be a professional
racing driver at the same time. Has that been
an important journey for you? It really has.
And it’s been really difficult to break that mold.
You know, they-they– There was this saying
that you have to– This is what a racing driver
does. This is how they look. And this is how they talk. -Right. -And to break that mold
has taken a long time. I’ve been– As a– I’ve been
here now– it’s my 11th season. Um, but I think,
in today’s world, you have to transcend. You
have to do something different. You have to, uh,
show your uniqueness -and, um– and not shy away
from that. -Right. And that’s really something
that I’ve really worked hard on. Um, and now it’s accepted.
When I do all this traveling, which is a lot more
than any other racer ever does, and then– and they’re like,
“Oh, he’s gonna be distracted.” And I turn up and I win.
And then they’re-they’re, “Oh, well, that was
good for him.” So… Uh, one of the things
that’s-that’s really fascinating is that difference
that you bring, right? The way you dress has been one
of the key things. You’re always in the magazines
for your fashion sense, and now you’ve taken that
to the next level. You’ve teamed up
with Tommy Hilfiger, right, and I think it’s… the thing is
TommyXLewis, which I say is -“Tommy by Lewis.”
-Tommy by Lewis, yeah. This says, “TommyXLewis,”
and I feel like we need to get this sorted out,
because, like, iPhone says it’s not “X,”
it’s “ten.” -And then, you guys say
it’s not “by,” it’s “X.” -Yeah. And then, like, we got to agree
on what this is. But the fashion itself
is being really well-received. -You had a show in China…
-Yup. …which was phenomenal. Like, you had everyone
from Gigi Hadid there. You-you have the world now
looking to your clothing, and they’re going, like,
“You’re a fashion designer.” How do you go from racing cars
to designing clothes? Like, they don’t… ‘Cause, like, racing drivers
are very, like, very, like, -(with European accent): “Yes,
we turn then we drive.” -Yes. “Then we go straight.”
-Go straight and turns. “Then we come back.” -That’s a racing driver.
-True. And then, you’re like, “Yeah, like, the shapes
and everything.” Like, where did that come from? Honestly, it’s been
an incredible experience. I met Tommy here in New York,
um, like, five years ago, and every time I saw him
he was like, “I love how you’re dressing. We
should do something together.” And I… and I…
I was like, “No way. Tommy wants to do something
with me?” I didn’t truly believe
what he was saying, but, uh.. I’ve had the same thing.
I had H and M say, like, “Yo, you dress really well.” So I mean, we’re both…
we’re both in the same boat. -But, yeah, yeah, carry on.
-(applause and cheering) That’s how we roll.
That’s how we roll. So, yeah. So Tommy Hilfiger says
he likes how you dress. -Yeah.
-Yeah, yeah. So, obviously,
the partnership came up, and I was able to bring them
to the team, so they’re the team sponsor. And, uh, and the opportunity to design
my own clothing collection. So, uh, I really took it on
as a… an internship really,
because I get to learn -from an icon like Tommy.
-Mm-hmm. Um, and I did a lot of homework. I’d been going
to a lot of fashion shows. Well, fashion’s just something
I’ve always been into. And also, just discovering
the looks that I like and discovering
how I want to feel… -how I want to dress
and express myself. -Right. So, um,
and it’s going really well. It’s sold out, and when I was
in Tokyo, it sold out there. I think in the States,
for the first, uh, couple… well, few weeks it came out,
it was a large… Like, 77% of sales,
men’s sales, -was my collection, so it’s
going good. -That’s amazing. -Yeah. -You also have, uh,
really been advocating for, and you implemented it, in
having models who are diverse. You… Like, when I saw
the runway show, -it was everyone who looked
like everyone. -Yeah. It was really beautiful and
different to see on a runway. -And that wasn’t a mistake.
-No, absolutely. So I like to get involved in everything, and I micromanage
everything, so, um, so… What music we’re gonna play. -So I did the music, the
playlist for the show. -Right. When we had the…
It is the men’s show, so, um, it was just going
to be men, and I was like,
“I really want it to be mixed.” I do want women to walk
and dress in these clothes, ’cause, you know,
today’s world, -women do wear men’s clothes.
-Right. And I think diversity
and inclusivity is every… is such an important thing…
message to get across today. And so, that’s what I wanted
to do with my clothing. It’s fantastic, man.
Congratulations -on everything you’re doing.
-Thank you. Excited for the race. The Formula One U.S. Grand Prix
in Austin will take place on October 21, and the TommyXLewis collection
is available now. Lewis Hamilton, everybody.

100 thoughts on “Lewis Hamilton – Breaking the Mold in Formula One Racing | The Daily Show

  1. Hamilton looks like a zebra

  2. top general

  3. Has nothing to do with race look up James hunt he was hated and he's a white man

  4. What is wrong with the yanks. You don't get Formula 1. You dont get Football.(You call it soccer). Get with the programme .

  5. Lewis Hamilton is a polite and adorable boy.

  6. America sucks at f1 so they invented nascar. America sucks at football so they invented "football" which basically is rugby. If they can't compete with the rest of the world, they just come up with something new and claim to be the best in the world doing it.

  7. americans are deluded people, btw its brake discs not roters, its bumper not fender, its boot not trunk!! elephants have trunks), its bonnet not hood, its aluminium not alooooooooooooooomium,..seriously wtf is wrong with you clowns, oh i why is everything suuuuuuperrrrrrrrrr???? im american and im super excited lololololol……fricking weirdos

  8. Go Team Redbull

  9. I respect Hamilton a lot

  10. Lewis Hamilton = F1 GOAT

  11. Lewis you're brilliant mate


  13. Big Lewis Hamilton fan from the US!

  14. As a brazilian that just watched Senna´s documentary on Netflix, I m so touched to her Lewis talked about him like that. Love from Brasil!!

  15. How can Gigi Hadid be a fashion reference…credo kkkk

  16. All models still have the same body tho.

  17. Damn, I want to see Lewis, but Trevor Noah sucks haha

  18. That's an ugly sweater

  19. Fórmula 1 is more fun to watch……

  20. Love these guys.

  21. About to win his 6th 🤦🏽‍♂️☺️ seems like a great guy. Hes like the Patriots of F1. Easy to hate on him but he seems like a genuine dude.

  22. That fucking sweater is so disturbing forget distracting 😂🤣

  23. 5 time

  24. Hamilton drags down the image of F1 he makes it look like some cheap day out in Brighton.

  25. Drug dealer Image .

  26. 3 sec before the big crash, it felt like being pretty high on coke

  27. His father is from Grenada 🇬🇩. Wow 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  28. US doesn't have the technology to race in F1?

  29. Could you imagine if he raced during the Michael Shumacher days? I dare say he's a better driver than Mika… watching Lewis battle Schumacher would have been brilliant.

  30. really was enjoying that interview then as usual Noah has to make everything about race. change the fucking record will you!!!


  32. L. Hamilton, the best driver in F1 that you can find nowadays!!!
    However, I have to say that my icon is M. Schumacher

  33. A kid what had a dream. And an amazing talent. Lewis was born to drive a racing car. I've got nothing for love and respect to him.

  34. OK Lewis had a tough upbringing but at the age of 13 he was signed and sponsored by McLaren. And in Europe he is bloody famous

  35. You can just really see and hear how Lewis Hamilton has a humble heart.

  36. I think that the top Hamilton was wearing, was worth commenting by Trevor

  37. "Other drivers are only focused on F1."
    Laughs in Lauda Air (nowadays LaudaMotion)

  38. My two favourite people in one place.

  39. i hope one day i can accomplish what he did. i may be old but age cant hold me back from accomplishing my dream.

  40. For a racing driver he doesn't talk much about racing!

  41. its because of this guy that o started to watch f1

  42. Funny noah you had made your career slagging of the British but when a BRITISH racing icon comes to your show you are all up his arse like Chamberlain up Hitler!. Trying to identify with him and shit all nicey nicey, FUCK YOU !

  43. Trevor ☺

  44. Nice sweater

  45. That stupid broadcaster bringing race into it, what an ass

  46. His disabled brother is amazing. Happy and always smiling

  47. Now he is on his way to become 6 time world champion

  48. Trying to make out racism exists in F1 lol…. no Hamilton is just a personality people are divided on.

  49. Break the mold and make the cars smaller, tires wider and get rid of the endless run outs.

  50. Stupid fat americans!!!

  51. Lmfao so true I feel like I’m the only F1 fan in America 😂

  52. The opposite of Lance Stroll

  53. i cannot believe it. Lewis Hamilton is British and he said "S*ccer".

  54. pretty sure James Hunt was himself too but he wasn't black so not liberal enough. Hunt must have had every sexually transmitted disease known to man.

  55. Cool to see him talking about his experience and passion. Thank you for having him.

  56. "It's Nascar but they turn the other way" — Please don't demean F1 with the comparison of the bumper cars of Nascar. It only makes you look silly.

  57. frivolous surface conversation. nothing was addressed as to how F1 has consistently reduced viewership around the world. how the sport has become uncompetitive; a boring caravan each week with the same hugely funded teams at the top and why the sport really doesn't appeal to the mainstream motorsport fan in America.

  58. Lewis' laughter is so heartfelt. You laugh with him 😀 😀 😀

  59. Been a formula one U.S. fan during the senna prost era. . Ayrton Senna forever.

  60. Despite how many times I've been put down, rejected, and told "You've got pace, but without the financial, there's other drivers who better fit the position." Lewis gives me hope. Every young black driver has a role model they haven't had in a long time.

  61. In the next interview his dad will be working in 5 jobs in order to fund his son

  62. Hi im also from sa

  63. Um… make that 6 time champion, Trevor.

  64. I see candlesticks with lots of support and resistance on his sweater

  65. For Lewis Hamilton in the early years read as Nigel Mansell, and Jensen Button. There is no difference, except that at a young age 13 he was signed by a Formula one team, both of the aforementioned had to do it the hard way, and break into F1 without a big team behind him.In fact Lewis was spoon fed into F1 where as no one else has ever before been in such a position at such a young age. So NO he is breaking no mould he had his present life given to him for one reason only, and boy has he paid that back in arm fulls.

  66. both of them a just dreamy and great

  67. This guy is a looser and he is genuinly spoiling formula1 he is killing the sport

  68. Why does he dress like a girl?

  69. Hamilton will live to a ripe old age and die a very wealthy man.

  70. F1 isn't popular in the USA because of the lack of diversity…………. even NASCAR is dead because people got tired of seeing nothing but illiterate twang speaking red necks

  71. This dude is like a male cardi b in an opposite world

  72. All ways this Travis like to say black or good there are nice is to much racism this show

  73. I always wanted to go into motor sport when i was younger and be a racing driver, but my dad said forget it because we could never afford it. It broke my heart. Years later I'm still watching F1 and just last week went to Silverstone to see 'our' boy win. It's just so unfair that only the rich/priveleged get the opportunity to get into the sport. Lewis was very lucky to have a supportive father. If Anthony ever wrote a book about the early days I would love to read it. I'm so glad Lewis beat all the rich kids, like Rosberg etc. Don't give up Lewis until you beat Schuey's records.

  74. Good man. Good dad. Well deserved.

  75. Who cares if he’s black.
    A driver should be judged by his skills.

  76. The fact that he loves ayrton and keeps mentioning his name only proves to the fact that he IS the real deal. Hes really is someone who loves the sport of F1 and honestly the one who carries sennas will.

  77. Well his dad can have the last laugh.

  78. Who is here after German grand Prix 😬😬😬😬

  79. Trust me people when he says he's from a council estate "HE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO START GO KARTING " , most of the people in these estate are really poor these are the same people who can not afford to buy food or pay their bills or to get on with life. I know I grew up in one and the children tend to also get poor schooling. Lewis Hamilton is a lucky man his dad had a vision and followed it because his dad believed ! .

  80. Try being a black female F1 fan. There's what, 5 of us total?

    More on topic, I love Lewis dearly. This season I'm kind of tired of him winning (it makes the season too predictable) but I really do love his success and his kind, humble demeanor. I can't wait to see what the barriers he's broken can do for others.

  81. His story is very impressive and an inspiration for others but it does not change the fact that he is very egoistic these days. Apparently, he only wants Netflix to talk and show only the good moments he had in 2019 season and cut out the bad moments. In my opinion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are better role models than him.

  82. So you're telling me he loses that much weight after every single race. "Thats cool weight reduction, bro!!!!!"

  83. For those who don't know the legendary Brazilian F1 driver Lewis spoke of is Ayrton Senna. Death is what stopped him from winning more championships. Lewis makes black people proud.

  84. ARYTON SENNA what a f1 driver he was!!!!

  85. Love you brother.

  86. From Grenada 🇬🇩 to the world they say his grand father was one of the best driver on the island in the old days🔥

  87. No need to play the race card. No one in F1 has ever cared that he's black. Its added to the story as if it matters when it actually doesnt. Everyone gets the "oh, look at this new guy" experience in everything. Nothing to do with skin color. Its literally irrelevant.
    Lewis in his professional career has received nothing but support from British fans and has been quite lucky and privileged to be where he is. Most… WHITE (because its obviously matters.. NOT)… drivers start and end their careers having achieved very little and dont get 8 digit offers from leading teams. Some people dislike him now because he comes off a certain way, smug, but thats all down to how he chooses to present himself, not because he's black.
    The way to end racism is to make race not matter, and this might be news for you – for most people it really doesnt matter whatsoever.. But by continuously playing victim and separating yourself with "im this and im that, different from you" you dont help anyone. You make yourself an outsider when no one ever thought of you as one. There are plenty of white people far worse off than he ever was.

  88. Im bored of this !! Just interview the person for what he does ! All the time about because of black !! Patronise Himself all the time .. bored bored bored …

  89. Americans think they are the imperials.. In reality they are unaware of most things happening around the the world. Not to mention the world's most watched sports SOCCER. Ring any bells??

  90. Not the equal of Michael. Or Juan Fangio. Or Jimmy Clark. Totally boring sport with little passing, tricks to enable passing. Moto GP has lots of passing, 3 races in an afternoon, lots more guys competing .

  91. He looks like a fucking oompa loompa

  92. How can someone hate on Lewis!! Such a great person on & off the track!!!

  93. Remember when Lewis Hamilton looked like a regular guy in jeans driving a deisel

  94. Hamilton breaking the mold? get the fuck outta here… " this is how a driver does, looks this is how they talk" … ehm In the 70's people like Hunt didnt give a shit, Lewis thinks he is the first or the only one to " act" different….

  95. he needs to raise his voice. Every time he speaks he's like whispering to himself. Speak up man no one can hear you. I have never seen a world champion mumble like that.

  96. Lewis looks like a middle aged former boy band member

  97. What's the difference between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton?

    Lewis wants to be like Senna.

    Max IS Senna.

  98. He's so humble!! 💯💕

  99. He is like Capeta

  100. He dresses so bad.

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