Lewis Hamiltons shock reaction as he meets huge 105-year-old fan of his
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Lewis Hamilton shared a heartwarming chat with one of his oldest and biggest fans ahead of last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. The F1 world champion spoke to Len, who is 105 years old, alongside his son David.
The pair were thrilled to speak to the Mercedes driver, who is embroiled in a titanic title battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Grinning from ear to ear, David said: “We’re so excited that you took your time to come and speak to us.”
To which Lewis responded: “I am so happy to speak to you.”
The conversation took place before Len’s birthday, hence the reason the 36-year-old asked: “I’ve heard you’ve got a birthday coming up, is that right?’, to which Len’s son David replied: “Yeah, dad’s going to be 105 in a couple of weeks.”
The seven-time world champion applauded and said: “Wow, 105 – and he looks great! He looks so good!”
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David had some more kind words for Hamilton, thanking him for the appreciation he shows his supporters, whom he calls ‘Team LH’ and the Mercedes team.
The motorsport legend went on to describe his upbringing and those who helped him on his journey to becoming an F1 driver.
“I grew up in a normal town. I know that I couldn’t have got here on my own.
“My parents, and everything they sacrificed – and now I have this huge group of people behind me who are not in the limelight, they’re not all at the track and for me it’s important for them to know that I know that I couldn’t have had this result if it wasn’t for them.”
Hamilton would go to wish Len a happy birthday before the centurion wished him all the best in the future.
“I will be thinking of you in the future, I hope you have a very good future.”
The interview took place prior to last weekend’s race in Turkey, in which Hamilton finished fifth after starting 11th due to a 10-place grid penalty.
But now Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists Hamilton and the team are feeling confident ahead of the United States Grand Prix next weekend, despite trailing by six points in the driver’s championship to Verstappen, who finished second at Istanbul Park.
This season, the fight for the championship has ebbed and flowed, with both Hamilton and Verstappen leading the way at various points across the year.
And with such a tight and ferocious battle heading into the final six races, Wolff believes it’ll go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” remarked Wolff. “I believe we have a really good package now.
“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.”
Hamilton holds the record for most wins around the Circuit of the Americas with six victories to his name and will be searching for another in an attempt to overturn the deficit in the title race.
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