Australia bushfire: Lewis Hamilton donates $500K for wildlife relief

Australia bushfire: Lewis Hamilton donates $500K for wildlife relief

LONDON: Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he was donating $500,000 towards the rescue and care of wildlife caught in bushfires ravaging southeast Australia.

The Briton, who has adopted a vegan lifestyle and become outspoken on the environment, posted a clip on social media of a scorched koala being tended to against a backdrop of smoke and flames.

The bushfires have left 26 people dead and killed or injured an estimated one billion animals.

“It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault,” commented the Mercedes driver, who will start his bid for a record-equalling seventh title in Melbourne in March.

“My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction.”

The 35-year-old urged his 14 million followers on Instagram, and 5.6 million on Twitter, to “join me in thinking about the impact we are having on our planet”.

“Let’s work together to make small changes, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so we can help shift the direction we’re going in,” added Hamilton, who said he was donating to Wires Wildlife Rescue, WWF Australia and rural fire services.

Hamilton, who has a home in Colorado and has posted pictures of himself snowboarding in the mountains, did not specify in the post whether he had made his donation in U.S. dollars or Australian.

Mercedes could not clarify but the BBC reported it as Australian dollars, equivalent to U.S. $342,600.

Renault’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has also used social media to call for donations and saying he had contributed.

He said he would also be signing and raffling his racesuit from this year’s Australian Grand Prix to raise more funds.

Other Australian sports figures and international tennis players in the country for tournaments ahead of the Australian Open have also raised funds in support of relief and recovery efforts.

23 Corners & A Bumpy Street Surface: What Makes Marina Bay The Most-Demanding F1 Circuit

Speed Up

20 Sep, 2019

FORMULA 1 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street CircuitCircuit length: 5.063 kmRace distance: 308.706 km (61 laps)Debut: 2008, won by Fernando Alonso for RenaultSix points to expect from F1’s only night race and one of the most-physically demanding circuits on the calendar.

A Risky Drive

20 Sep, 2019

The Marina Bay Circuit arrived on the scene only in 2008 as the sport’s first night race. Designed by Herman Tilke and refined by KBR Inc, the circuit is one of the most-physically demanding (drivers can lose up to 3 kilos during a race) with 23 corners, a bumpy street surface and a turn that passes underneath a grandstand.

What Makes The Circuit Unique

20 Sep, 2019

As if the track’s unique features weren’t enough, the inaugural race had plenty of sparks to keep fans enthused. A crash on Turn 17 saw Renault’s Nelson Piquet Jr spin into the wall, giving teammate Fernando Alonso a chance to climb from 15th to 5th position. Alonso went on to win the race.

So Much To Look Forward To

20 Sep, 2019

Viewers could expect similar excitement this weekend or at least the appearance of the safety car. Singapore holds the unique record of having at least one safety car appearance in every race to date. There have been 18 safety car deployments in 11 races.

An Exciting Show

20 Sep, 2019

While street circuits tend to be tight and twisty with short straights, the Marina Bay layout gives drivers the opportunity to overtake, especially in Turn 7 and Turn 14 after the drivers cross the river on Esplanade Drive.

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