WATCH: Lewis Hamilton Meets Olympian Gold Medalist Marcell Jacobs at Monza

Published 09/21/2021, 1:06 PM EDT
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


Speed meets speed at Monza as Lewis Hamilton meets Olympian Marcell Jacobs. The 100m champion met the F1 champion in Italy as the two discussed their sports and exchanged ideas regarding the Olympic medal. A self-declared fan on Team Hamilton, Jacobs was nothing short of excited.

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Jacobs honored Hamilton with a very humble greeting. “You are my hero.” He went on to show Hamilton his gold medals, who was incredibly impressed with its weight.

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An F1 fan at heart, Marcell let his favorite driver try on his medal. As Hamilton admired the medal, he pointed to an empty space and said, “you can add diamonds!” 

As the two caught up, Hamilton found similarities between the two sports – especially the importance of the perfect start. Ahead of the race in Monza, Hamilton said, “Seeing you has lifted my spirits,” as he bid adieu to the sprinter.

Crucial race ahead for Lewis Hamilton

The seven-time world champion has had a long wait for his milestone 100th victory. A hectic triple header for Hamilton concluded with a collision with his rival, Max Verstappen. There are only eight races left before the champion is declared, but will it be a final showdown for Hamilton at the Yas Marina Circuit?

The aftermath of the Silverstone collision was just cooling down as the double DNF in Monza intensified the rivalry once again. In fact, Ross Brawn likened the championship protagonists to fighting chickens.

“You’ve got two cockerels in the farmyard at the moment and we are seeing the consequence of it. I don’t think either will back off at any moment for the rest of the year but I hope the championship is won on the track, not in the barriers or the stewards’ room.”

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

While the two drivers remain mum about their intentions for Sochi, one can only speculate. Damon Hill shared his view on the crash, calling it a lack of self-control.

“It was avoidable. The question whether it’s an error of judgment, or a deliberate reluctance to give in. They’re both playing hard, but I think that you have to get at least a wheel ahead to have a go at going round the outside of someone, and Max wasn’t ever in that position.”

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As the opinions flood in and the teams are made, the race at Sochi awaits the two drivers. Will there be a shift in the driver’s board?

Watch this story: F1 Drivers Fighting on Track

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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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