Lewis Hamilton said he had bananas thrown at him and was repeatedly called the "n-word" at school.The seven-time Formula One world champion, who was born and educated in Stevenage, detailed the racial abuse in the On Purpose podcast, released on Monday.The 38-year-old, who is preparing for his 17th season in F1, said: "For me, school was the most traumatising and most difficult part of my life."I was already being bullied at the age of six.
At that particular school I was one of three kids of colour and just bigger, stronger, bullying kids were throwing me around a lot of the time."And the constant jabs, the things that are either thrown at you, like bananas, or people that would use the n-word just so relaxed.
People calling you half-caste and not knowing where you fit in. That for me was difficult."In my (secondary) school there were six or seven black kids out of 1200 kids and three of us were put outside the headmasters' office all the time."I felt the system was up against me and I was swimming against the tide.
There were a lot of things I supressed."I didn’t feel I could go home and tell my parents that these kids kept calling me the n-word, or I got bullied or beaten up at school today, I didn’t want my dad to think I was not strong."Hamilton remains F1’s sole black driver.Read more on rte.ie