Serena Williams Congratulates Close F1 Pal Lewis Hamilton on Making History in Barcelona

Published 05/08/2021, 1:49 PM CDT


Serena Williams shares a close-knit bond with F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton. The tennis sensation and her friend, who has a similar stature of greatness in the field of motorsports, frequently pay tribute to each other on their respective social media platforms. Naturally, when Hamilton got to an unheralded landmark today, Serena wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to send her best wishes.

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The Mercedes driver notched his 100th career pole position at the 2021 Spanish GP. He is the first driver to ever achieve this feat in the history of F1. Serena congratulated him through her Instagram Stories. Alongside a poster of the driver, she wrote –

“Congrats @LewisHamilton on making 100 Poles!!”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Serena Williams admires the ‘champion’s mindset’ of Lewis Hamilton

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has previously attended a few F1 races to support Lewis Hamilton. She believes that he’s the numero uno of motorsports – “He is for me the greatest driver that our generation has seen.”

The two of them share an interpersonal connection. Her achievements, on and off the court, have always inspired Hamilton. On the other hand, Serena’s been motivated by his mental and physical preparation.

“Lewis and I are super close. I’ve known him for years. I love that guy. He’s a really good friend of mine. The guy is such a champion, has such a champion’s mindset. I look at what he does training, physically, his job, it’s really no words for it, to be honest,” Williams had said last year.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 03: Serena Williams of USA speaks to media after her win against Pauline Parmentier of France on day two of the ASB Classic on January 3, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

It is not the first time she’s acknowledged Hamilton’s statistical milestones either. She previously backed him to break the Grand prix win record of Michael Schumacher. Also, the Briton wears his heart on his sleeve; something that resonates with Serena.

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She said, “Lewis is so intense. If you know anything, even if you’re a fan, you know he lives his life on his sleeve. He’s very emotional. He says what he says.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

It is inspiring to see these two generational athletes being so publically supportive of each other. Long may their friendly association continue.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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