Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 championship title holder and winner of the highest number of wins and podium finishes in F1 history, said earlier this week that he wanted to spend more times in Brazil, pointing towards a likely approval of an honorary citizenship in Brazil. The 37-year-old Briton, who comes from a mixed background with a Central American father alongside a British mother and has already received knighthood in the United Kingdom, has been in Sao Paulo to deliver a speech at an event focusing on digital transformation alongside business. Meanwhile, Hamilton said to the audience in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, “I want to spend more time here in Brazil...It is such a beautiful culture. I've only been to Rio and Sao Paulo, but I want to come back for Christmas, New Year or something.
[Brazilian soccer international] Neymar invites me every year, and [pro surfer] Gabriel [Medina] invites me every year, but I never had the chance...I'm waiting for my Brazilian passport. ” Considering the F1 legend’s Central American (Grenada) background, his affinity for Brazil could be easily vindicated.
Hamilton says awaits Brazilian passport amid honorary citizenship talk
Although, it is highly unusual for a Briton to pursue a second citizenship after receiving knighthood in the United Kingdom, a bill to make Lewis Hamilton an honorary citizen of Brazil has been pending on the lower house in Brazilian parliament.
Nevertheless, the move has been proposed by a Brazilian lawmaker Andre Figueiredo after last season’s Brazilian GP. Meanwhile, backing the honorary citizenship of the Mercedes driver, Presidential candidate Ciro Gomes said, “Hamilton, you already live in our hearts.
With the honorary citizenship, you will be even closer to us”. In response to Gomes’ remarks, the Briton tweeted, “I'd be honored”.