Congressman greets Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has a long-standing affinity with Brazil, with the Briton admitting Ayrton Senna was his idol growing up, and in June this year he was made an honorary citizen of Brazil.
The seven-time world champion always wore a yellow helmet as a young driver, in honor of his hero Senna and has never stopped speaking of his admiration for the F1 legend and his country.
Hamilton also has fond memories at Interlagos, winning his first-ever title in spectacular fashion on the circuit in 2008, before winning the race itself in 2016, 2018 and 2021, making it one of his favorite races on the circuit. calendar.
Congressman Jhonatan de Jesus has explained why the 37-year-old was granted honorary citizenship, after winning the 2021 race saw Hamilton unveil a Brazilian flag to roll up on the podium.
“His gestures add an indisputable sporting merit to him,” explained Jesus.
“His public stances in favor of relevant issues such as the environment, animal rights, black people, women and human rights must also be remembered and highlighted.”
It seems written in the stars that Hamilton will return to Interlagos on November 13 to end his winless run and prevent the Briton from enjoying his first-ever winless season since joining Formula 1.
This fairy tale will be what Hamilton and Mercedes hope for, with the team getting closer and closer to Red Bull every week after making major upgrades to the W13 in Austin.
Hamilton has finished second in the last two races, both behind Max Verstappen, but in Brazil the seven-time champion will be hoping he can feel an element of home advantage in the country he shares such a strong bond with, to go one way further. away and beat his Dutch rival.
The result in Brazil means a lot that just a potential win for Hamilton on his return home could be vital in the chase for third place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Mercedes are currently 40 points behind Ferrari, meaning strong results in the final two races of the season for the Silver Arrows, combined with a few DNFs or unnecessary finishes for the Scuderia, could see a late jump in the picture.