Lewis Hamilton says the earnings inequality women and non-white sportspeople face reflects a culture which is “still in the stone age”.
He made the comments at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today in response to a recently-published list of the 100 highest-paid sportspeople, none of which are women.
“There’s no reason why a woman should not be able to earn more.”
Hamilton singled out tennis star and personal friend Serena Williams as an example of a female sportsperson who he believes deserves to earn more.
“Serena is in the top three of the greatest athletes of all time above a lot of, if not all, the people on that list, so it is a big, big question why,” he said.
“Women rule the world and I don’t understand. It just shows you we are still in the stone age and that needs to change. When will it change? I don’t know.
“Serena has already spoken of how difficult it is. She has been up against Maria Sharapova and she had more results than Maria but Maria – and not just her but other, particularly white players she was playing against – were earning more money than her. Yet her results were higher.
“That’s still the fight we have in society today. It still takes some time to change it.”
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