Hamilton jokes he is ‘waiting for Brazilian passport’

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Hamilton jokes he is ‘waiting for Brazilian passport’

Lewis Hamilton’s affinity with Brazil is well-known – and he has now joked he’s “ready for my passport” from that nation.

The seven-time former World Champion idolised Ayrton Senna when he first started karting as a toddler and Brazil is, in fact, the place he captured the primary of his Drivers’ titles on that wet Sunday in November 2008.

Though fifth place proved ok on that event, Hamilton has subsequently gained the Brazilian – or Sao Paulo as it’s now recognized – Grand Prix 3 times, together with final 12 months when he overcame being excluded from the qualifying outcomes to combat his manner again for victory within the race on a weekend that additionally included a dash.

Different connections the 37-year-old Briton has with Brazil are robust friendships with Paris Saint-Germain footballer Neymar and three-time World Champion surfer Gabriel Medina.

Now, in a promotional go to to Brazil in between the Australian and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix, Hamilton has spoken about a suggestion made by the South American nation’s presidential hopeful Ciro Gomes to make him an honorary citizen.

That suggestion was first made by congressman Andre Figueiredo after final 12 months’s grand prix at Interlagos, the place Hamilton held up a Brazilian flag on the rostrum following his victory.

On twitter, Hamilton posted a narrative headline that learn ‘Invoice might give Hamilton title of honorary citizen of Brazil”, to which the Mercedes driver replied “I’d be honoured” with a pink coronary heart image, that tweet following one other during which he posted 84 Brazilian flag symbols.

These messages coincided with Hamilton’s journey to Brazil the place he delivered a keynote speech at an occasion, having flown straight on from Kuala Lumpur following extra promotional work for Mercedes companion Petronas with team-mate George Russell.

“I wish to spend extra time right here in Brazil,” stated Hamilton. “It’s such a lovely tradition. I’ve solely been to Rio [de Janeiro] and Sao Paulo, however I wish to come again for Christmas, New 12 months or one thing.

“Neymar invitations me yearly and Gabriel [Medina] invitations me yearly, however I by no means had the possibility.”

Hamilton then joked: “I’m ready for my Brazilian passport.”

 

Having completed third, fourth and tenth on this season’s three grands prix up to now, Hamilton sits fifth within the Drivers’ World Championship standings, 43 factors behind early runaway chief Charles Leclerc and 9 adrift of Russell, who joined the Mercedes staff this 12 months to exchange Valtteri Bottas.

 

 

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