Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton believes the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could be an opportunity for humanity to ‘change for the better’.
In a lengthy post on his Instagram story on Friday, the British racing superstar noted how the the skies had ‘cleared up’ and pondered the massive population on Earth.
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Hamilton said researching population statistics had been ‘mind blowing’.
“It’s crazy that the world has come to a halt and we’re seeing skies clear up,” Hamilton posted.
“Who know why this is all happening right now but so much to think about for all of us. In 1900 there were less than 2 billion people and now we’re at 7.7 billion and increasing 140 million a year.
“All these stats are mind blowing for me. We’ve just got out of control as a race.
“What’s even more crazy is, in this sad time where we are seeing deaths of over 40,000 from this virus, around 57 million people die every year according to statistics. That would mean more than 150,000 people die everyday worldwide.
“We have so much changing to do, to our habits, decisions we take, how we consume, all sorts. How can we truly change as a human race when we’re so stuck in our ways? Hopefully this global pandemic can help us all change for the better.”
Lewis Hamilton among F1 drivers to take pay cut
The Mercedes superstar is among several drivers to accept a pay cut as every team seeks to minimise costs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz were the first to do so, each volunteering a reported reduction of $1.2 and $4 million respectively.
Hamilton and Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel are reportedly in talks with their teams to reach an agreement on cutting their salaries, which are worth more than $150 million combined.