In 2008, Lewis Hamilton won his first ever Formula 1 championship, out of his seven at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Last year, after he won the Interlagos race, it came up that the Brazilian government is willing to grant him honorary citizenship and he has just got it.
Lewis Hamilton receives honorary Brazilian citizenship
Hamilton is among the biggest fans of Ayrton Senna, the sensational Brazilian F1 pilot, and after the win, last year, standing on the podium he held up the Brazilian flag. That’s the reason why Congressman Andre Figueiredo came up with the initiative for Sir Lewis, a Briton, to get honorary citizenship.
Stepping ahead for his fourth title in Brazil
Hamilton is the winner of the Brazilian GP thrice in 2016, 2018, and 2021 and will look forward to his first season victory and fourth at the circuit upcoming Sunday. It’s going to be the pre-decider season race, with the already two-time winner in Dutchman Max Verstappen.
To receive his honorary citizenship, Hamilton visited Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies in a blue suit.
” I feel like I am now one of you,” said Lewis.
The ceremony rewarded him with Brazil’s legislative merit medal including a diploma and threw a speech thanking his fans. He dedicated the honor to Senna. He said,
” I have so many massive memories of Brazil. And in particular from 2021. Knowing that you guys would cheer me on along the way was one of the most special moments of my entire life. I’m looking forward to our continued efforts.”
Lewis attended the Formula 1 presentation last week
Last weekend, Hamilton went to the Formula 1 presentation of what’s going to be the Las Vegas Grand Prix. It is going to be in the run for the first time next season.