7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was awarded Brazil’s honorary citizenship ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has always claimed Ayrton Senna to be his idol. The Briton loves Bazil and its people and has repeatedly mentioned how much he loves to race at Interlagos.
There can be no greater feeling for the 37-year-old than to receive this award. Hamilton was awarded honorary citizenship in a ceremony in the capital city, Brasilia on Tuesday.
A move to award the citizenship was made by congressman André Figueiredo in the wake of Hamilton’s 2021 win. This move was approved by congress earlier this year.
Brazil has a special place in Hamilton’s career and heart. Hamilton dramatically secured his first-ever championship here in Interlagos in 2007. He, however, had to wait until 2016 to get his first win here which was followed by wins in 2018 and 2021 last year.
This year, however, it will be difficult for the three-time Brazilian GP winner as his car doesn’t look competitive enough to challenge for a win against the red bull and Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton “honored” to receive the award
Lewis Hamilton was donning a blue suit as he received his award before the upcoming Brazilian GP this weekend.
“It is a great honour to be here and to receive citizenship. I really feel like I’m one of you, finally,” Hamilton said at the ceremony.
“I have so many amazing memories of Brazil.
“Particularly 2021, knowing you guys would cheer me all the way was one of the most special moments of my entire life. I can’t wait for us to continue to strive ahead.
“I want to dedicate this honour to Ayrton Senna, his family, his friends and his fans.
“When I was five years old, I saw Ayrton racing for the first time and that was the moment when I knew that I wanted to be World Champion just like him.”
Surely a proud moment for the 7-time world Champion Lewis Hamilton.
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