SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Hamilton Shares Love for Senna and Honorary Citizenship From Brazil
Lewis Hamilton would be “honoured” to receive honorary Brazilian citizenship. He expressed his love for Brazil and Senna at VTEX Day.
Brazil has been a country that Lewis Hamilton loves to visit. It is where he won his first F1 title in 2008. When F1 races in Sao Paulo, the fans go wild for the Brit, who they love just as much as he does them.
Hamilton has won the Brazilian Grand Prix three times. He won in 2016, 2018 and 2021. Last year’s race saw him fight back from a disqualification in qualifying, which meant he started P20 in the Sprint Race.
Hamilton’s Honorary Citizenship:
When Hamilton won in Sao Paulo last year, he waved the Brazilian flag. After this, politician Andre Figueiredo proposed for Hamilton to receive honorary Brazilian citizenship. A bill to make this happen is pending in the lower houses of the Brazilian parliament.
Whilst at VTEX Day, Hamilton gave a keynote speech, following the likes of former US President Barack Obama. During his time on stage, he expressed his gratitude on being offered the honorary citizenship.
During his speech, he said that Brazil has “such a beautiful culture”. He added that he wants “to spend more time” there. He spoke about potentially returning to the country “for Christmas, New Year or something.”
The seven-time world champion noted that he receives invites to the country, from stars such as Neymar and Gabriel Medina. However, he “never had the chance” to return.
The relationship between Hamilton and Brazil will only get stronger if he receives honorary citizenship. Ciro Gomes, a presidential hopeful from Brazil, posted on Twitter saying:
“Hamilton, you already live in our hearts. With the honorary citizenship, you will be even closer to us.”
Hamilton shared a post saying “I’d be honoured” in response to the above. He further expressed his love for Brazil by tweeting 84 Brazilian flags.
Hamilton’s love for Brazil stems from his love for Ayrton Senna. The three-time World Champion (1988, 1990, and 1991) is beloved among F1 fans and drivers alike.
During his career, he won 41 Grands Prix and achieved 65 pole positions. Senna is regarded as one of the best F1 drivers, despite not being the the greatest of all time (GOAT) statistically.
He sadly died during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.
Senna has been an inspiration to Hamilton. At the VTEX Day, he shared his love for the Brazilian.
Because of all his success, Hamilton has been coined as being the GOAT of F1. He has 103 race wins to his name. Out of all drivers he has the most points at 4193.5. Hamilton has started 265 races, resulting in 183 podium finishes. He also has 103 pole positions.
The Mercedes driver does not “really believe in ‘The Greatest of all Time’ thing”. He explained this by comparing himself to Senna.
“…Because you look at Ayrton..He didn’t have the same opportunities. I always thought maybe if we were doing a relay race.., Ayrton’s passing me the baton and I’m trying to take it forwards.”
Hamilton regards Senna as an icon. They are two of the best racers in F1. But, the times at which they competed are completely different. He is “waiting for a Brazilian passport” whilst the bill for honorary citizenship is pending.
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