Will Smith Movie Inspired Lewis Hamilton to Light One Up on the F1 Podium: “It Was Kind of Neat but…”

Published 12/12/2022, 5:35 AM EST

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In Formula One, each driver has their own way of celebrating a victory. And Lewis Hamilton was able to celebrate victory 103 times during his career. However, The Englishman was once inspired by a Will Smith film to celebrate a podium win by lighting up a cigar.

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Lewis Hamilton won in Texas in 2017, bringing him one step closer to his fourth world title. He lit up a cigar in celebration of his victory. The British athlete who was expected to finish fifth or higher in Mexico in order to win the title that year arrived at the Mercedes hospitality room after putting on yet another superb performance in a cloud of Cuban smoke. The Billion dollar man was inspired by Will Smith’s movie to celebrate his win.

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He said, “I guess it’s like that movie Independence Day and they had a cigar to celebrate victory,” Hamilton said. “I thought it was kind of neat, but they taste disgusting.” To celebrate the triumph, Hamilton went to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar with his mother Carmen, brother Nic, and Canadian celebrity King Bach.

Given that the team had some initial issues, Lewis Hamilton‘s victory in 2017 was one of the hardest titles to win. Later, Mercedes reserved a pub to celebrate the team’s fourth constructors’ championship.

In Hamilton’s diary, the Texas party was just another typical occurrence. But as of now, the star has turned 37, and there are speculations that the Briton will soon say the last goodbye to the sport. But just a few days ago, the Mercedes star revealed his family’s desires.

Lewis Hamilton opened up about his family ambition

The seven-time champion is committed to Mercedes through 2023. During the forthcoming winter break, he will discuss his future contract with the Silver Arrows. Despite the Briton’s poorest season to date in 2022, the seven-time champion still exudes enthusiasm and desire to race in Formula 1

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The Billion dollar man has recently opened up on what his family ambitions are. The Mercedes driver has described his long-term plans for starting a family. He said,There’s no doubt that I love what I do. I really do love the challenge every weekend, how we, as a team, show up every weekend.”

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“There’s a reason why I have as much energy as I do, that I’m still able to train with the intensity that I do and have the dedication that I do. At some stage, I will want to have a family and that will be my full focus, but right now, being in Formula 1 with Mercedes is it,” he added.

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For as long as Lewis Hamilton competes at the highest level of motorsports, he will serve as an example for other drivers and the younger generation. But given his advancing years, do you believe the Englishman can still claim the record-breaking eight titles?

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.
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