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Hamilton rallies to end child exploitation

Dubai: Former F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton revealed a deeper, more meaningful, side to his personality on the sidelines of a promotional appearance in Dubai Mall on Wednesday.

The British Mercedes AMG driver was unveiled as a global ambassador for ‘Save the Children in India’ last week and made a number of visits to underprivileged communities on the sidelines of the Indian Grand Prix.

“I believe there are 58 million children around the world who are not in school,” said Hamilton. “When I go there [India] and meet all the kids, they want to be policemen or doctors but they don’t have the opportunity because they are working. Kids are working.

“It’s just insane to think these young kids you see walking around the mall here today for example would be slaving and working away, so that’s what we want to try and end.”

He also revealed advice from former South African President Nelson Mandela helped him get over his 2007 F1 World Championship upset after he lost the title in the last race of his rookie year by just a point to Kimi Raikonnen.

“It was like hell,” said Hamilton, who eventually won the title in 2008. “It was the worst feeling I’ve ever had. But it’s really about how you overcome that and rise above it and turn it into positive energy.

“It’s about learning and constantly growing. I met Nelson Mandela a few years ago and he said to me he’s still learning and he’s like a 95-years-old and he’s still learning, so I was like damn I’ve got a lot to learn.”