The Formula One racing driver, 35, said he did not discover he had the learning disorder- which affects reading and areas of the brain that processes language- until he was 17.
Now, Lewis has thrown his support behind charity campaign TOGETHERBAND, which seeks to provide education to provide quality education to all children, ‘no matter where they’re from or the colour of their skin’. +8
His story: Lewis Hamilton has spoken out about how he struggled at school due to his dyslexia as he throws his support behind the TOGETHERBAND to provide education for all children
In a video released on Tuesday, the Grand Prix ace visited Alperton Community School in North-West London before lockdown to talk about his own experience with education.
Lewis told the class: ‘I had a difficult time at school. It wasn’t the easiest. My dad really drilled into me that ‘never giving up’ kind of mentality.
‘I still have failures today and you’re constantly going to be learning so don’t be phased by that. It’s a part of the necessary journey to success. I just encourage you guys just to never give up.’
Lewis went on to talk about how his dyslexia impacted his ability to learn.
‘I didn’t realise that I was dyslexic until I was 17 and I just struggled so much,’ he said.
‘I was always playing catch up. Education was the most important always. That’s why I’m working with TOGETHERBAND, because there’s a lot of people round, a lot of kids around the world who don’t have the opportunity you guys have.’
Candid: Lewis told the class: ‘I had a difficult time at school. It wasn’t the easiest. My dad really drilled into me that ‘never giving up’ kind of mentality’
When one child asked: ‘How did you become a champion?’, Lewis replied: ‘Just a lot of hard work. I really wanted to be great at something.
‘I think we can all be great at something. It’s down to you and to your families to help you find what that is.
‘When you find it, grab onto it, enjoy it and work your backside off.’