Carlos Sainz responsible for Lewis Hamilton dating Shakira

Lewis Hamilton and Shakira are understood to be in the early stages of a relationship.

According to Spanish sports journalist Pip Estrada, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has recently been playing Cupid, by introducing Lewis Hamilton to Shakira.

It’s been rumoured recently that Hamilton and the Colombian pop icon have started dating, with Sainz having been the person who kickstarted the entire thing.

It’s to Estrada’s understanding that Sainz introduced Shakira to F1, due to having known that the 38-year-old liked her music.

Whilst representatives of Shakira or Hamilton are yet to confirm if the duo are in fact dating, they have been spotted together several times.

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Shakira was seen on a boat with Hamilton after attending the Miami Grand Prix, before the pair were seen having dinner recently after the Spanish Grand Prix

Shakira was in attendance at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, prior to being spotted with the seven-time World Champion.

The Mercedes driver has supposedly been in Miami with the popstar ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, a race he’s been victorious at seven times.

One more win at the Circuit de Gilles-Villeneuve would see the 38-year-old move become the most successful driver in the history of the Canadian GP, a title he currently shares with Michael Schumacher.

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Claiming victory on Sunday is expected to be very unlikely for Hamilton though, mostly due to Red Bull’s and Max Verstappen’s dominance.

The Grand Prix in general is expected to be a very difficult one for Mercedes despite their new concept, as a result of the Canadian venue’s low-speed corners.

The W14 is much more suited to medium and high-speed turns, something which is benefitted from at the Spanish GP.

Mercedes claimed their first double podium at the Spanish GP since the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race which saw George Russell secure his maiden F1 win last season.

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Rain though, could work in Hamilton’s favour in Canada.

The current forecasts suggest that it could be a wet weekend in Montreal, something which could open up some opportunities to the 103-time race winner.

Simply finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso would presumably be accepted as a good result for the Stevenage-born driver, given that he sits 12 points behind the Aston Martin driver in the Drivers’ Championship.