British GP: Lewis Hamilton Sends a Token of Appreciation to Silverstone F1 Officials

Published 07/18/2021, 9:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


From starting out as a rookie in 2007, Lewis Hamilton is now commonplace in British motorsport culture. Although fans couldn’t attend last year’s British Grand Prix, the Briton expressed sheer joy on witnessing almost 140,000 fans cheer for their local hero this weekend.

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However, the Briton didn’t stop there in terms of making this weekend an exceptional experience. Ahead of today’s race, he, along with his Mercedes team, distributed a race cap to all the officials at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton expresses gratitude for Silverstone officials organizing the 2021 British Grand Prix

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Last season, COVID-19 forced F1 to alter their approach to the 2020 F1 season. While they shrunk the calendar to just 17 races, Silverstone hosted two races back-to-back as part of the revised season.

Although fans couldn’t attend either race last year, Silverstone welcomed a capacity crowd of nearly 140,000 this year. Amidst various restrictions, the officials put in a tremendous effort to ensure this crowd could attend the iconic British Grand Prix for the first time since 2019.

Ahead of today’s race, Hamilton, along with his Mercedes team, gave a token of appreciation to every Silverstone official for their efforts. Along with a note, they gave a Mercedes cap with Hamilton’s #44 on it.

The message from Hamilton and Mercedes read“Lewis and the team couldn’t be more grateful for your efforts to help deliver the British Grand Prix for us all. You are the unsung heroes of this weekend and I know that for many of you, this is just one of a number of UK motor sport events that you support throughout the year.

“From all of us at Mercedes – thank you. This cap is a very small token of our appreciation, hope you enjoy the weekend!”

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Can Hamilton bring joy to the fans at his home Grand Prix?

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Although the Briton qualified first for yesterday’s sprint race, Max Verstappen outclassed him to take pole for today’s race. Despite that, the Briton still looks more threatening than previous races.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Moreover, the Briton’s prowess at the British Grand Prix screams excellence. With all his experience and a full house at Silverstone today, Hamilton might just pull off an eighth win at his home Grand Prix.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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