Lewis Hamilton Reacts to His Loyal Fan’s Grand Gesture at Zandvoort F1 Circuit

Published 09/04/2021, 4:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

F1 is returning to the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort for the first time in 36 years. The fans at the track will go full tilt in their support for their homegrown hero Max Verstappen. But to some surprise, there are some fans of 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who have come to the Netherlands to show their support for the Brit.


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Although around 70,000 fans at the track were cheering for Verstappen, there was a special show of appreciation from Team LH from the sky at Zandvoort on Friday.

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Team LH show their support in a usual way at Zandvoort

There was a plane that flew above the track with a banner to show support for the Mercedes driver at the Dutch Grand Prix. The banner stated,” 7 X WDC… Simply lovely #teamLH.”

This could be a possible dig from Hamilton’s fans towards Max, as ‘Simply lovely’ is a phrase that the Dutch driver uses in his celebrations.

Lewis Hamilton later replied,” Someone messaged me! That’s incredible. My fans, honestly, I love them so much.”

This is a welcome change as the 7-time world champion is expecting to be booed from the orange army this weekend.


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“Obviously, it’s something you can expect,” Hamilton said. “I always enjoy coming to the Netherlands. Amsterdam is one of the best cities. I know I have some Team LH fans here in the Netherlands that I appreciate.

There will be some of them in the stands. I admire them that they endure that booing too. But that’s sports. I try to turn that energy into something positive.” said Lewis on the booing.

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Although Lewis topped the FP1 session but there was limited running because of the red flag. In FP2, he had an engine-related issue and had to park the car on the track and sat out the whole session.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

Mercedes trackside engineering director mentioned the reason behind Hamilton’s vows in FP2.


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“The reason for Lewis’ early exit from the session was because of abnormal oil system behavior, which limited him to only three laps in FP2. We have to recover a bit of running with Lewis, but there is time to do that in the morning session,said Shovlin.

Lewis Hamilton is on the back foot after the first day of practice in Zandvoort.


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Can Hamilton bounce back in qualifying? Let us know.




Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.