WATCH: Lewis Hamilton’s Helmet Surmounts the Oscar as Comedian Travon Free Shows Support

Published 09/23/2021, 6:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


In a championship battle this intense, there has been a clear split up of team Hamilton and team Verstappen. While fans continue to show their support for their drivers, so do the celebrities! American comedian Travon Free made it known that he’s rooting for Lewis Hamilton in his own unique way.

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The comedian-writer was honored with an Oscar for his film ‘Two Distant Strangers’. Free went on to add a very interesting accessory to his trophy – a mini Lewis Hamilton helmet. Travon Free added, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I’m the first person to put a Lewis Hamilton helmet in an Oscar?”

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Not a bad look on the trophy, it even suits the comedian’s desk space! For someone who thrives in his fan’s support, Hamilton has eight more races in the season to soak in their love.

Aggressive title battle for Lewis Hamilton

It’s a thrilling battle for the top this season; heading to Russia, one can expect nothing different. The rainy forecast only adds to the drama as the championship protagonists look to make up for the race in Monza.

With the chances of another collision unlikely, it wouldn’t be surprising. Max Verstappen‘s aggressive defense only forces Hamilton to attack harder. And in a battle where neither driver is willing to back down, the intensity is sure to rise.

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Former F1 driver, Martin Brundle, explained, “they’ve got to keep it sensible, of course–but we know how aggressive Max is, and Lewis knows that, and Lewis knows you’ve got to fight fire with fire.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

As the two drivers face the lights at Sochi, five points separate the two. Max will look to broaden the gap to Lewis while the Brit would fight for his position after his 100th win. Brundle rightly stated, “I think there was a bit of history there from Imola, from Barcelona, from Silverstone–and Lewis knows he can’t yield to Max. Max is aggressive. One way or another, they’re going to keep meeting in the middle.”

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As collisions, duels, and points continue to define the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry, Sochi presents another action-packed show.

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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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