British driver Lewis Hamilton has been granted honorary citizenship ahead of this week’s Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is elated after receiving honorary citizenship from the Brazilian Government yesterday. The seven-time F1 World champion was awarded honorary citizenship of Brazil in the capital city of Brasilia. In 2008, Lewis Hamilton won the first of his seven Formula 1 championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Last year, after winning the Interlagos race, it was announced that the Brazilian government could grant him honorary citizenship, and he finally received it in an official ceremony on Tuesday.
A day after being granted the honour, Hamilton took to social media to express his delight and thank all his fans in Brazil. “Brazil, I’m so humbled to accept honorary citizenship. To even have it offered is an incredibly moving gesture. From the bottom of my heart, Brazil, obrigado, obrigado, obrigado. Home”, Hamilton wrote on Instagram. Hamilton will gun for his fourth win at the Brazilian GP this weekend. He has already won it three times before – 2016, 2018 and 2021.
Hamilton absolutely loves Brazil and expressed his delight after receiving honorary citizenship yesterday. Speaking at the ceremony at Brazil’s chamber of Deputies, Hamilton said: “I feel like I am now one of you. I have so many incredible 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.”
Fans react to Lewis Hamilton’s emotional post on Twitter
Let us take a look at some of the reactions to Hamilton’s emotional tweet.
“So proud of you my Champ”, wrote a fan.
“lewis tweeting in another language and me immediately understanding it makes me a unique kind of emotional”, wrote another fan.
“Our Grenadian, Trinidadian, Brazilian (with a British passport) King”, read another tweet.
“I prefer Max but you are a really good person and deserves our respect”, tweeted another fan.
Another fan joked: “As you can see, even Hamilton is supporting Brazil to win this year’s WC.”
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