Mercedes driver and 4-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the most marketable figures in Formula One. The Briton has been in the spotlight ever since he burst onto the scene with McLaren in 2007.
He secured a podium finish in his maiden race and has not looked back since. Along the way, he has won four world championships.
Currently, Hamilton is enjoying a difficult battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and other drivers to try and win his fifth title this season.
Recently, Hamilton reflected on various encounters with celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. Ranging from dinner with the Queen at Buckingham Palace to greeting Nelson Mandela.
“There’s not one person there’s been quite a few,” Hamilton said.
“Sat next to the Queen to have lunch at her house.
“I arrived at the palace and they had a board showing your seat positions.
“I had to ask if they had made a mistake because I was sitting next to the Queen but they said it was right – it was surreal.
“I met with Nelson Mandela, I have been on stage with Prince.
“My mum actually danced with Prince and she had the time of her life.
“It is crazy that you cross paths with these people on TV when you are a kid then all of a sudden you are stood next to them.”
The 33-year-old won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last time out, thus winning Mercedes’ first race of the season. Now, he will be hoping to continue the momentum as he turns his attention to the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
What will the Circuit de Catalunya yield this weekend? Will Hamilton continue his winning ways? Will Verstappen keep his nose clean? Will Bottas get some redemption for the heartbreaking loss in Baku?