Lewis Hamilton is an honorary citizen of Brazil

By: Leona Stewart

Sir Lewis Hamilton. An honorary Brazilian citizen. 

On Thursday Lewis Hamilton was made an honorary citizen of Brazil following the lower house of parliament passing a motion. 

Hamilton who has been left ‘speechless’ following the gesture claimed he had no knowledge of it happening. 

The motion was proposed by congressman Andre Figueiredo, after Lewis’ win at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix where he proudly paraded the Brazilian flag. 

In April last year, the seven-time world champion visited Sao Paulo to deliver a business and transformation speech, where he said he would be honoured to be considered a Brazilian citizen. 

Lewis Hamilton has had a long connection with the country after ever idolizing the legendary Ayrton Senna, who himself was from Brazil. And of course, won his first-ever championship there in 2008. 

After already being knighted in his own country, Sir Lewis Hamilton is now an Honorary Brazilian citizen who has the respect of a country that he treasures dearly. 

“I don’t really have the words right now” he admits on Instagram: “Thank you Brasil, I love you, i can’t wait to see you again”.

A date is yet to be set, but the lower house will hold a solemn session to give Hamilton his citizen, which is sure to be an emotional moment.

Congressman Jhonatan de Jesus of the Republicans party said: “His public positions in support of relevant issues such as the environment, animal rights, Black people, women, and human rights must also be remembered and highlighted”. 

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