Lewis Hamilton may be one of the oldest and wisest drivers on the Formula One grid but he sill has years of wisdom to gain compared to sections of his fanbase after meeting his oldest supporter. Hamilton took time out from his fierce championship battle with Max Verstappen, who he is trying to fend off in a bid to win a record eighth title, by meeting a fan who incredibly has turned 105-years-old this week.
The Mercedes star from Stevenage exchanged a video call with the fan named Len who along with his son David admitted they were excited to get the opportunity to speak to the 36-year-old. And Hamilto ‘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 spoke to Len and David before the Turkish Grand Prix, where the Brit lost the lead in the title race to Verstappen during a troubled weekend. Having been forced to start from 11th following a grid penalty in relation to changing an engine, the Brit forced his way up the field only for a controversial pit-stop strategy to limit him to a fifth place finish on Sunday.n was left applauding Len after finding out he was due to turn 105.
Hamilton said: ‘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 a 105 in a couple of weeks,’ leaving the world champion to react by saying: ‘Wow, 105 – and he looks great! He looks so good!
After the pair showed their appreciation for Hamilton’s efforts in thanking his supporters and Mercedes team behind his F1 success, Hamilton reflected on the key members in his motorsport journey. ‘I grew up in a normal town. I know that I couldn’t have got here on my own.