Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton became an honorary citizen of Brazil today.
“All my life, Brazil has held an important place in my heart, it is my second home,” said the Mercedes driver, during the ceremony in the House of Representatives.
Dressed in a blue suit, he received a medal in the yellow and green colors of Brazil, from the hands of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Arthur Lira, who called him “Brazilian by heart”.
Hamilton, who will compete in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on Sunday, said he was “honored” by the title, the first of its kind to be awarded to a foreigner by the Brazilian parliament.
Hamilton made an impression after winning the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, when he paid tribute to Ayrton Senna, the three-time world champion, who tragically died mid-race at Imola in 1994.