Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, the Netherlands – September 1, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw

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September 1 (Reuters) – Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who recently invested in the Denver Broncos, says he wants to get more involved in teams to boost black ownership and equity in the sport.

Hamilton was asked at the Dutch Grand Prix on Thursday over reports that British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of the Mercedes F1 team, wanted to buy English football giants Manchester United. Read more

Ratcliffe, the boss of chemical company INEOS, already owns French football club OGC Nice and cycling team INEOS Grenadiers.

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“I hope in the future to do something with Jim and build with him. I don’t know where it will be or what it will be,” Hamilton told reporters in Zandvoort, adding that they had not spoken about United.

“I want to get more and more involved with teams because I really believe in black ownership because there’s a lack of that in sports and black equity. There’s a real lack of that. .”

Hamilton and Ratcliffe have both been involved in unsuccessful deals this year for United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea. Read more

Hamilton was part of a consortium that included tennis great Serena Williams, who owns a stake in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins – whose Hard Rock Stadium hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time this year.

Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents came to Britain from the Caribbean, is Formula 1’s only black driver and is outspoken about racial issues and the growing diversity within the sport.

It was announced last month that he had joined the ownership group of the National Football League Broncos.

All 32 NFL clubs said last March that they wanted to increase diversity within ownership.

“With the Broncos, I really want to try to focus on what I can do in terms of D&I (diversity and inclusion) within the team and within the infrastructure and surrounding area in terms of the stadium and homes. that they end up building when you end up having a new stadium,” Hamilton said.

“It’s super exciting the potential there is there.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine published last month, Hamilton said he was becoming an entrepreneur with interests ranging from vegan restaurants to the music industry and fashion.

He referred to American businesswoman Mellody Hobson, president of Starbucks who is also a minority owner of the Denver Broncos, as his mentor and “one of the most inspiring women I have ever met in my life”. .

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris

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