Lewis Hamilton Shares His Admiration for Nike’s LeBron James Tribute

Published 10/06/2021, 6:53 AM EDT
PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 17: (CHINA OUT) LeBron James unveils the LEBRON 12 on September 16, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


The Nike Headquarters in Oregon recently honored basketball heavyweight LeBron James with an Innovation Center on its campus. A stunning concept with great honor backing it, the new building tells James’ story. LeBron’s F1 counterpart, Lewis Hamilton, congratulated the Lakers luminary for the stunning facade built in his honor.

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The building is where Nike plans on advancing in sports science, combining data analytics and apparel. LeBron had described the striking building: “I was looking up, and it felt like it just kept getting higher, higher, and higher.” An apt reflection of the athlete’s career.

 

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Similarly, Lewis Hamilton has been an incredible athlete in his sport. Not only has he recently reached the milestone of 100 race win, but has also either broken or equaled a majority of F1 records. Currently, he is leading the way to what could be the eighth title. Will Mercedes honor their all-star in a similar way in the future?

Lewis Hamilton gets ready for Turkish GP

After a Parisian break following the Russian GP, Lewis Hamilton refocuses on the next hurdle to the title: the Turkish GP. Ahead of the race in Istanbul, Hamilton is merely two points ahead of his rival, Max Verstappen. However, despite the challenging race ahead, Hamilton may have to face an added burden.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff worries the driver will have to start the race from the back of the grid. Having raced with three engines so far, taking a new power unit ahead of Turkey will warrant an unwanted penalty for the champion. As long as the rivals put the frequented collisions to an end, Wolff isn’t worried about Hamilton’s title.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

On the other hand, a PU change is inescapable. Wolff said, “It’s a possibility. When, and how, is not yet decided.” Additionally, he remains cautious“You can cope with swings, whether you finish second, third, I think that is OK, the championship is going to go long. But if you don’t finish…”

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The championship battle has been extremely dynamic this season; each race swings the game to either driver. As everyone in F1 expects the battle to go down to the wire, the game gets extremely unpredictable for both teams. As an exciting race is on the horizon in Intercity Park, will Hamilton be able to extend his lead over Verstappen?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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