- Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton honoured the 1st black woman ever to grace an F1 podium
- Zimbabwean-born Stephanie Travers made history when she joined Hamilton on the podium
- Travers works as a fluid engineer for the Mercedes driving team and aims to inspire children of colour to reach for their dreams
Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton bagged yet another accolade when he raced to the finish line at the Styrian Grand Prix.
While Formula One fans would have appreciated the race and finish, the vast majority would have been oblivious that history was being made.
Zimbabwean-born Stephanie Travers joined Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and in the process, became the first black woman ever to grace an F1 podium.
The timing of the event could not have been more apt amidst the Black Lives Matter movement and the significance was not lost on Hamilton.
Hamilton shared the news via his Instragram handle and included an important message:
"I wanted to post this because it’s such an important moment. This is Stephanie who is one of my teammates. She is one of our trackside fluid engineers. On Sunday, she became the first black woman to stand on the podium in Formula 1 history. This is an amazing achievement and I just wanted to acknowledge her for her hard work, positivity, and passion for her job.
"Like most of the jobs in our sport they are in high demand, and Stephanie was selected out of over 7000 applicants for her role. Steph said she wants to inspire young black children, and children of colour to believe that they can do it too, and I couldn’t agree more. Put your mind to it, and you can be anything you want to be. So whilst I really appreciate all of the congratulations, I wanted take the opportunity to lift her up, and share them with her."
Hamilton's post can be viewed below.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha is living her best life and was recently at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
There she got to hang out with the winner of the final race of the Formula One season Lewis Hamilton.
Fans think the pair has some great chemistry going and already preparing for their wedding.
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