WATCH: Lewis Hamilton Crosses Paths With Miami Heat Legend at United States GP

Published 10/22/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov


After being removed from the racing calendar last year because of the COVID pandemic, United States Grand Prix returns this season. And to celebrate the return of the pinnacle of motor racing to the American shores, Formula 1 has collaborated with National Basketball Association (NBA), which is marking its 75th anniversary. In addition, a charity basketball match has been organized at the Circuit of The Americas.

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Several basketball players were spotted in the paddock, including the two-time NBA champion, Chris Bosh. The former basketball player met the reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton ahead of the United States GP. The duo share a cordial relationship and they were even spotted hanging out at an NBA game back in 2019.

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Furthermore, the former Miami Heat player hopes Lewis Hamilton can win the record eighth drivers’ championship with Mercedes this year.

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Lewis Hamilton expects “incredibly difficult” final 6 races of 2021

This year’s Formula 1 season is arguably one of the most intense seasons the fans have witnessed in a long time. The two title protagonists, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are just separated by six points. And with just six races remaining this season beginning with this weekend’s US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton anticipates very difficult final few races.

As quoted by the official Formula 1 website, when asked if he expects to find Mexican GP more of a challenge than the US Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver replied: “It’s important to win every race somehow, you know, maximizing our points – that’s our goal over these next six races.”

“It’s going to be incredibly difficult and there will be moments where we can perhaps edge them [Red Bull] out and… I don’t like to assume that Mexico is not going to be strong but they are usually very strong in Mexico.”

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“But yes, I think it’s going to be… a lot can happen in these six races, so I think we just take it one race at a time, give it everything we’ve got,” concluded the Briton.

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The seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, who has an impressive record at the COTA, securing seven podiums in eight appearances, will expect to regain his lead in the drivers’ championship.

Can Hamilton secure his sixth win at the Circuit of The Americas this weekend? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.

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