Young Lewis Hamilton Fan Switches Sides in Endearing Post to Verstappen & Horner

Published 12/19/2021, 9:47 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after finishing second in the race and world championship REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


In a season as great as the one gone by, it may have become difficult to choose who to support. While there were clear divisions between the Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton fans, the internet has stumbled upon a young karter who may have had his hands tied.

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Lewis Hamilton sat out the FIA gala in Paris, where he would be hailed as the Personality of the Year. Thus, as the driver failed to be there, a budding karter named Zack Zhu was left disappointed. Zhu would have assisted in the trophy’s presentation when he planned to show Hamilton his karting helmet inspired by the champion.

 

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In a heartbroken message, he said, “I was expected to carry your trophy to you, Lewis Hamilton, to show you my helmet and with the first star, but you were not there. You are the greatest driver in my heart.”

However, at the gala, the young driver made some more favorites; this time, from the opposing side! Not only was the young guy thrilled to meet Verstappen, he even hailed the Red Bull team principal to be his favorite. Surely, the season has been a rollercoaster for the young lad!

Lewis Hamilton may face repercussions

Although the reason behind Hamilton’s absence from the gala was valid, it still goes against the rules. The rules state that the top three drivers must attend the prize-giving ceremony. Further, with Ben Sulayem in Jean Todt’s seat, he wishes to apply all the rules to the fullest.

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“If there is any breach, there is no forgiveness in this. Forgiveness is always there. But rules are rules.” 

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

In his first ruling as the FIA President, Sulayem explained his statement towards Hamilton. “I know Lewis is really sad about what happened. I would say he is broken. But we have to look into if there is any breach. [After] a few hours now as president, I cannot give answers without going back to the facts.”

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This also comes with the rumors of the seven-time champion leaving the sport; Toto Wolff had set the wheels in motion after stating that he hoped the driver doesn’t leave the sport. Lewis Hamilton has remained silent and off social media a week after he lost the title to Verstappen. Still, we hope to see the titan come back and clinch the historic eighth title in 2022.

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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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