Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Wednesday he wanted to spend more time in Brazil and showed his approval of a proposal to make him an honorary citizen.
The Briton, knighted for his country, was in Sao Paulo to deliver the keynote speech at an event focused on business and digital transformation.
Previous keynote speakers at the VTEX Day event included former US president Barack Obama, British businessman Richard Branson and former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
Hamilton said: “I want to spend more time here in Brazil… It’s a beautiful culture. I’ve only been to Rio and Sao Paulo, but I want to come back for Christmas, New Year or something. what”.
“[Brazilian soccer international] Neymar invites me every year, and [pro surfer] Gabriel [Medina] invites me every year, but I never got the chance… I’m waiting for my Brazilian passport. “
A bill to make the 37-year-old an honorary citizen is awaiting passage in Brazil’s lower house but has yet to be voted on.
The move was proposed by MP Andre Figuentico after last year’s Brazilian GP, at which Hamilton raised the Brazilian flag after winning Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit.
The crowd chanted his name along with that of late triple world champion Ayrton Senna, a national hero and Sao Paulo native who died in Imola in 1994.
The Englishman, the most successful racer in the history of the sport, who always considered Senna his childhood idol, then carried the flag to the podium to a standing ovation from his fans.
President hopeful Ciro Gomes, a member of Figueedlyo’s PDT party, has advocated honorary citizenship for Mercedes drivers.
“Hamilton, you’ve lived in our hearts. With honorary citizenship, you’ll be closer to us,” he said on Twitter after Hamilton posted a picture of himself with the Brazilian flag in the headline. about initiative.
“I’m honored,” the Briton said on Twitter.
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/33735970/waiting-my-brazilian-passport-jokes-lewis-hamilton-amid-honorary-citizenship-talk I’m waiting for my Brazilian passport, Lewis Hamilton joked in the middle of an honorary talk about citizenship