Lewis Hamilton has devoted his newly-confirmed Brazilian citizenship to Ayrton Senna and the household of the late three-time World Champion.
A push by congressman Andre Figueiredo for Hamilton to be made an honorary Brazilian was made official throughout a ceremony in the beginning of the nation’s 2022 grand prix week.
The 37-year-old Mercedes driver has had an extended affinity with the nation the place he secured the primary of his seven Drivers’ titles at Interlagos in 2008.
A 3-time winner in Sao Paulo, Hamilton grew up idolising Senna and watched him turn into a Components 1 legend earlier than his life was tragically reduce brief in a crash at Imola in 1994.
“I actually need to dedicate this honour to Ayrton Senna,” mentioned Hamilton on the ceremony within the capital metropolis Brasilia’s Chamber of Deputies.
“To Ayrton’s household, to his mates and to his followers. For me, after I was 5 years outdated, I noticed Ayrton race for the primary time, and that was the second I knew I needed to be a World Champion, similar to him.
“It was then that I knew and realized about Brazil. It was then that I began to play FIFA as Brazil!
“However actually, by his eyes, I used to be capable of see how passionate Brazilians have been and the way deep it goes, the love and fervour you could have on your nation, and the way stunning it’s. I’m so excited to spend some extra time right here.”
Hamilton advised the Brazilian individuals he felt “like now I’m considered one of you, lastly”.
“I’d wish to say a giant thanks to everybody right here, for all those that have moved mountains to make at the present time potential,” he added. “It’s truthfully the best honour for me to be right here receiving and accepting this citizenship.”
Mercedes expressed their pleasure within the driver who, together with team-mate George Russell, will attempt to give them a primary win of the 2022 season on the Brazilian Grand Prix.
On social media, crew principal Toto Wolff mentioned: “It’s a particular second for Lewis as he turns into an honorary citizen of Brasil.
“To be recognised and celebrated by a rustic that calls Ayrton Senna considered one of their very own is a real measure of Lewis’ unimaginable achievements, each on the asphalt of Interlagos and as an advocate for range in our sport.
“From every member of the crew…Lewis, we’re extremely happy with you. ‘Obrigado’ for what we now have achieved collectively thus far – and we’re excited by what continues to be to come back.”
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