Lewis Hamilton named honorary citizen of Brazil with Brit having emotional affinity with country due to Ayrton Senna

The suggestion was first made by congressman Andre Figueiredo last November after Hamilton unfurled a Brazilian flag following his incredible Grand Prix victory in Sao Paulo. Hamilton is incredibly popular in Brazil, having clinched the first of his seven world titles there in 2008. His name was chanted alongside Senna’s as he took to the podium following his extraordinary comeback victory at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix. After matching Senna’s tally of 65 poles in 2017, Hamilton was gifted one of his helmets by the Brazilian’s family. Hamilton, who was knighted in the UK last year, is in Baku ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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