On Monday, Lewis Hamilton officially became a honorary citizen of Brazil in a ceremony held at Brazil’s Congress chamber.
Ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, he was asked about this experience in comparison to the experience when he was knighted at Windsor Castle in December of last year.
“I’ve had to just pinch myself every day, like, ‘Is this real?’” Lewis said.
“It’s a very, very surreal experience to be welcomed into a country like I have, to be received like I have this week, and the love that I received.
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“It was a very different experience to getting a knighthood in the UK, where it’s in an incredibly historic building with the royals, with a very small group of people, that get to go in there.
“This was congress with members of government and the place was full, it was a full audience, and they were all sending so much love and energy.
“It’s overwhelming to see how much love I receive here and I’m so grateful for it,” the Briton concluded.