Lewis Hamilton said it was « surreal » for him to have become an honorary citizen of Brazil, admitting he was surprised to hear the news. The decision was taken on Thursday after the adoption of a bill in the lower house of the Brazilian parliament.
The seven-time world champion has never hidden his great admiration for Ayrton Senna, his childhood hero who tragically lost his life at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Hamilton also won his first Formula 1 world championship title at Interlagos in 2008, in addition to winning the Brazilian Grand Prix three times, including the last edition in 2021 after a spectacular comeback.
The Mercedes F1 driver revealed that no one told him about this bill, and that he learned this fact by listening to the news.
« It’s really surreal, but what an honor, » Hamilton said.
« I was really surprised when I found out because no one had contacted me about it, we just heard about it on the news. »
« I hadn’t heard anything about it, maybe it’s talked about elsewhere, but Brazil has always been a place I’ve loved and admired since I was a kid. »
« Obviously, following Ayrton you are naturally drawn to the country. In my life, I have met a lot of Brazilians and learned about their culture and their community, it’s very, very diverse there. »
« There’s a lot of music, lots of colors, and I had so many good times there. Of course I won my first championship there, and 14 years later, or something like that, there was this race epic last year and that moment when I was waving the Brazilian flag. »
« The country where I’m followed the most is Brazil, so I’m very honored and grateful and I’m already looking forward to spending more time there. »