British Formula One racing driver, Lewis Hamilton gestures next to President of the Chamber Arthur Lira, after he received the title of honorary citizen of Brazil at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil November 7, 2022.
How big can an individual personality get? That’s the question we always ask about F1 World champion Lewis Hamilton. Having received a knighthood less than a year ago, the Stevenage born was also made an honorary citizen of Brazil this week. Hamilton has always been well-loved in the South American country, which is also his hero Ayrton Senna’s homeland.
On this occasion, not only Hamilton but his mother too was filled with emotions. Lewis received the citizenship in a ceremony at Brazil’s Congress chamber in Brasilia. This was a special moment for the 7-time champion. As he has received unparalleled love and reception over the years coming to Brazil.
At the Sao Paulo GP weekend, the Mercedes driver told in an interview how his mother felt. He said, “My mum was in tears earlier in the week when we were facetiming.”
“She was like she can’t believe her son is receiving so much love in another country that’s far away from where she is from, so she wanted me to say thank you to everybody.”
Congressman Andre Figueiredo first suggested granting Lewis Brazilian citizenship. This was after the Briton won at Interlagos last year and carried the Brazilian flag to celebrate his 3rd win in Sao Paulo.
Lewis Hamilton and his Brazil connection
Ayrton Senna‘s homeland was always special to Hamilton. And he has had a cosmic connection with Brazil too. In 2007, Lewis missed out by a solitary point to claim his maiden world championship at Interlagos.
However, he got redemption just 12 months later as he won his first world title by the same 1-point margin. Cosmic!
Although Hamilton was booed by the Brazilian fans as he beat home hero Felipe Massa to win that title in 2008. Since then, he has garnered respect and love from the crowds every time he visited the land of Brazil. It’s amazing how things have changed over time.
His racing skills and his love for the late 3-time champion Senna have contributed hugely to the growth of his Brazilian fanbase. It’s like a fairytale and Hamilton has become the new hero of Brazilian fans.
The 3-time winner at Interlagos would love some support at his home GP now, as he looks to break his duck of wins in 2022. Either way, Lewis would look to repeat his 2021 heroics and put on a show for his home fans.