Hamilton: I know education is essential for every child
Children on a tour of the Mercedes Formula 1 factory in Brackley were shocked when an elderly bespectacled Mercedes engineer turned into world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Here is the press release:
UBS, the world’s leading wealth management company, recently hosted three students from a Camden elementary school to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team home, with a special surprise encounter with the seven-time Formula World champion. 1 Lewis Hamilton at the end of the factory tour.
The children were chosen for their interest in STEM subjects and their desire for careers in the engineering and automotive industries. They were taken on a tour of the team’s factory in Brackley and introduced to some of the different roles essential to delivering a championship winning car.
Hamilton had a bit of fun with the visitors, disguising himself as an engineer at first before removing his mask to surprise them. He then sat down with the students to talk about the importance of education, a positive mental attitude and dedication.
Hamilton said: “I know education is essential for every child and more than ever we are in a time where we need to make sure that we provide opportunities and also enable the younger generation to understand what they are.
“There are a lot of young people who don’t realize that being an engineer, for example, is a path they can take. We really try to have a positive impact on the people we meet, especially the young people, and I’m proud of what we do together.
Johan Jervoe, CMO at UBS, said: “It’s a mindset that matches our own beliefs. Education is essential to inspire and empower young people of all origins, thus helping to forge a more equal society.
The initiative is part of UBS’s continued investment in quality education for young people in the UK. The UBS Community Affairs program in the UK focuses on education and has included the co-founding and support of Bridge Academy in Hackney since 2003.
UBS has been a proud partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team since 2011. The partnership reflects the values UBS shares with the team: a commitment to innovation, talent and teamwork in service of performance and success.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team has also recently increased its commitment to youth education, with programs including a partnership with the Mulberry Trust group of schools supporting their STEM education programs with masterclasses, workshops and a vocational training creating a pipeline of young and diverse talent from the school catchment area in east London.
Hamilton recently announced a partnership with Teach First, which set out to support the recruitment of 150 black STEM teachers to work in schools serving disadvantaged communities in England.