Lewis Hamilton is a lot more than a former Formula One World Champion or a driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas. As he explains it, being the sport's first black driver has allowed him to knock down barriers in a way that few in F1 can.

"I get kids from all different cultures and nationalities coming up to me now, all wanting to be F1 drivers. They feel the sport is open to everyone," Hamilton told the BBC's Andrew Benson.

That was just one thing that was brought to light when Hamilton took part in the Top Gear Festival Barbados, which saw the F1 ace "race" rally star Ken Block. Hamilton discusses his role as an F1 driver in the context of his familial ties to the Caribbean.

It's an interesting read for sure, and one we recommend you hop over and take a look at. Head over to the BBC Sport website, and let us know what you think.

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