Congressman hails Lewis Hamilton ahead of 2022 Brazil Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was made an honorary Brazilian citizen earlier this year.

Lewis Hamilton has had a long held affinity with Brazil, with the Brit admitting that Ayrton Senna was his idol growing up, and in June of 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 honour of his hero Senna and has continually spoke about his admiration for the F1 legend and his country.

Hamilton has good memories at Interlagos as well, winning his first ever title in dramatic fashion at the circuit in 2008, before winning the race itself in 2016, 2018 and 2021, making it one of his favourite races on the calendar.

Congressman Jhonatan de Jesus has explained why the 37-year-old was granted honorary citizenship, after the 2021 race win saw Hamilton unveil a Brazilian flag to wrap around himself on the podium.

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“His gestures add to him indisputable sporting merit,” explained Jesus.

“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.”

It seems written in the stars that Hamilton will return to Interlagos on November 13 to end his winless run and prevent the Brit from his first ever season without a victory since he joined Formula 1.

This fairy tale will be what Hamilton and Mercedes will be hoping for, with the team edging ever closer to Red Bull every week after bringing major upgrades to the W13 in Austin.

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Hamilton has finished second in the last two races, both behind Max Verstappen but in Brazil the seven-time champion will be hoping that he can feel an element of home advantage in the country with which he shares a such a strong bond, to go one step further and beat his Dutch rival.

The result in Brazil means much for that just a potential win for Hamilton on his return to the country, it could be vital in the race for third place in the constructors’ championship.

Mercedes currently sit 40 points behind Ferrari, meaning strong results in the final two races of the season for the Silver Arrows, combined with some DNFs or pointless finishes for the Scuderia could see a late leapfrog in the table.