Lewis Hamilton lays out vision for ‘super exciting’ Chelsea takeover with F1 to remain his immediate focus

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Lewis Hamilton has laid out his vision for Chelsea as part of a consortium bidding to buy the Premier League club.

With the seven-time world champion’s Formula One career set to take precedent for at least the next couple of years, he plans to one day become more hands-on at Stamford Bridge if Sir Martin Broughton is successful in leading a takeover.

“At the moment my primary focus is continuing in Formula One, this isn’t my first investment but it’s something I’m excited about,” he told reporters in Italy on Friday.

“I’m for sure not going to be able to be as hands-on as the others that are a part of it. But we haven’t won it yet. If we do there’s lots of opportunity to get involved more and more over time, which is super exciting.

“Particularly of wanting to help with the success they’ve already had and to help them be even more successful. The part we’re very aligned in is D&I [diversity and inclusion] for example and what they’ve already done there.

“We’ve seen in that sport there is a lot of work to be done to being more diverse and inclusive, it’s an amazing platform to bring in and educate the amazing fans that are out there.

“And there’s some amazing talent within the team already that have stood up against discrimination and I know that’s really important for the fans and community.”

Hamilton, 37, insisted that his own stellar record of fighting for diversity would not be tarnished by buying Chelsea from the sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

“We’re trying to acquire a team and move forwards, this is all about the community,” he added. “That’s what really makes a football team, the people.

“They’ve been quite leading in D&I, becoming more diverse and progressive, so it’s not that we’re associating ourselves with previous owners. Our goal is continuing the work they’ve already done and having more of an impact and engage more with the community.”

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