Lewis Hamilton Shares Heartwarming Story of Three Year Old Fan’s Race Week ‘Buddy’

Published 08/28/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


In the 14 years of his career, Lewis Hamilton has thrived off the support of his fans. The cheers on the grandstands fueling him, Hamilton has mostly missed out on that feeling since the 2020 season. Nonetheless, fans have made up for the silence on the circuit with tremendous support for the champion online. Recently, Hamilton went on Instagram to reveal a heartwarming recent addition to the Hamilton fan club.

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Hamilton re-shared a post someone had sent him; it was of a three-year-old fan and her new toy. The child’s parent had crocheted a Lewis doll for the little F1 fan so that “she has a buddy to enjoy race weeks with.”

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The little plushie was complete with Hamilton’s fashionable dreads, a big smile, and the Mercedes jumpsuit. The gesture melted the world champion, as he stated, “it’s warmed my heart so much.”

A lot have fans have taken to social media to wish Lewis luck for the tough battle in the second half. Lewis’ physician and best friend, Angella Cullen, re-shared encouraging posts from fans around the globe.

Lewis Hamilton looks back at the first half

Hamilton states he doesn’t remember much of the first half. All he knows is it has been a challenging time for the team as a whole. “It was difficult, very, very difficult for all of us…  The pressure has been immense for us in terms of getting operations right and make sure you’ve taken a step forward and not sideways or backwards.”

Max Verstappen has made the otherwise smooth drive to the top extremely difficult for Hamilton. The reigning champion has faced some heated moments with his rival, making the 2021 season so much more interesting. Hamilton described his experience with Verstappen so far. “In terms of understanding the driver you’re racing with, that’s an interesting process.”

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Although the challenge has been intense and only promises to increase in the second half, Lewis isn’t focused on his competition. “I’m always racing against myself, I’m always trying to improve and better how I perform and that’s really my focus.”

Watch this story: From Serena Williams to Chris Hemsworth: Celebrities Lured by the Glitz and Glamor of Monaco

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As the Belgian GP weekend has begun, Hamilton didn’t have the best practice sessions. With the qualifying yet to take place, it will be the battle between the machines to see who starts the race at Spa. It really is Hammertime for the champion.

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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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