On Thursday Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. This led to an outpouring of tributes, with fellow Briton George Russell, as well as the Mercedes Team, coming out with messages of their own.
Lewis Hamilton, however, waited a day and released a heartfelt tribute on Friday. Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, he explained the delay.
“I didn’t want to just post,” the Briton said.
“Everyone was just posting immediately afterwards. I was like, ‘How has everyone had time to [process the situation]?’
“I wanted to take some time to think about it and I was looking at all of these amazing images of her. She was so stylish.
“And that was the part I really loved, her style, her jewels and I was looking at all these incredible images of her whole life.”
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Asked how it felt to be competing in Italy, considering what was happening in his home country, Lewis said:
“It was an unusual experience. I didn’t know what I was going to feel like, like many of you. All of us have grown up knowing the royal family and watching closely.
“I remember as a kid I adored Princess Diana and that affected me a lot. Now, I’m just thinking ‘What does that mean?’
“We won’t have a Queen now in our lifetime and what does that now mean for the monarchy? I hope that there’s a bright future up ahead still.
“There are lots of positive things and changes that the royal family and the government can do in the future,” Hamilton concluded.