Lewis Hamilton is now honorary Brazilian citizenship
At the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton took his first of seven Formula One titles. As was speculated after his victory at Interlagos last year, the Brazilian government has now granted him honorary citizenship.
Since Hamilton is such a huge fan of the late Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, it should come as no surprise that he proudly displayed the Brazilian flag on the podium last year. The plan to grant Sir Lewis, a British national, honorary citizenship was made by Congressman Andre Figueiredo for this very reason.
The Brazilian Grand Prix is the penultimate race of the season, with two-time champion Dutchman Max Verstappen already in the field. Hamilton is looking for his first victory of the season and fourth at the venue next Sunday.
To officially become a citizen of Brazil, Hamilton visited the Chamber of Deputies. Lewis, who was dressed in a blue suit, stated, “I feel like I am now one of you.” He gave a speech at the ceremony in which he thanked his supporters and dedicated the honour to Senna, and he was awarded Brazil’s legislative merit medal and a diploma.
Last weekend, Hamilton went to the Las Vegas Grand Prix presentation for the first time next year. His Mercedes teammate George Russell and the Mexican driver for Red Bull, Sergio Perez, were both in attendance.