WATCH: Lewis Hamilton Shares a Lesson in Martial Arts ‘Respect’ in Endearing Video With His Niece

Published 12/02/2021, 6:14 AM EST


Lewis Hamilton has been known for his love for fitness and positivity. And he shares this with his family as well. In a recent video, the champion spends time sparring with his niece, teaching her the discipline that comes with martial arts.

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Hamilton joked his niece was helping him stay fit for the final two races of the season. He captioned the heartwarming video: “I was bullied as a kid but martial arts really helped, it instilled in me discipline, respect and it helped me protect myself — I’m so proud that she and her brother have started learning.”

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As Hamilton pretends to get wounded from her kicks and punches, he surely made the entire learning process more fun for her.

Referring to his hard childhood, Hamilton has emerged stronger than ever. With ”Still I rise” reminding him of the power and respect he holds, Hamilton sets the best example for his growing niece.

Lewis Hamilton ready for the final run

It would be a historic title to win, regardless of who wins it. If Verstappen gets the crown, he would dethrone Hamilton and Mercedes after a strong reign in the turbo-hybrid era. However, if Hamilton wins the title, he would break Michael Schumacher’s record; thus becoming the only driver in F1 history to score 8 world championships.

Thus, the last two races will be absolutely fascinating- there’s all to play for. And Hamilton thinks so too. As the season comes to a close, the 7-time champion is as hungry as ever, if not more.

Hamilton confessed that lifting the trophy for the eighth time would be his greatest achievement. “no one has ever been able to fight for an eighth, aside from Michael. It is a new position, uncharted territory.”

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However, it’s the struggle to the top that sets this one aside. Usually, Lewis has no one obstructing his run for a title, but now there’s a competitive Dutchman in his way. As the championship shifted hands plenty of times this season, Verstappen has proven himself to be a worthy opponent to take the crown this season.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea.

Thus, Hamilton has been giving it everything throughout the last 20 races. “This is the best I have been able to give in a year, the training, the time balance that I have. I made every sacrifice I could this year. I don’t think I have left anything undone, so at this point of the year there are no regrets.”

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Regardless of who wins the title, it would be one well-deserved. Whether it’s Verstappen, who endured DNFs and still holds the lead; or it’s the reigning champion, who has fought with health problems to keep it close. Everything will come to fruition over the next two races.

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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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