Lewis Hamilton's Dad Goes Viral For Classy Post-Race Act With Max Verstappen
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You can see where Lewis Hamilton gets his class from.
But while Hamilton's continued professionalism proved why he's so adored by motorsport fans, it was his father who caught other peoples' attention.
In the wake of Max Verstappen's victory, with drama continuing to unfold by the second, Anthony Hamilton found the time to pull the Dutchman aside and congratulate him personally.
With protests and appeals still being fired off and everyone waiting anxiously to hear the verdicts, the embrace between Hamilton's father and newly-crowned world champion Verstappen served as a beautiful moment.
Anthony even gave Max's dad, Jos Verstappen, a hug too.
A touching moment as Max and Jos Verstappen are congratulated by Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony :punch:#AbuDhabiGP :flag_ae: #F1 pic.twitter.com/5n2uaLrfr2
- Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021
Another clip later surfaced on social media showing Lewis' father consoling him and whispering words of encouragement in his ear after the loss.
Remember, this is the same bloke who held down three jobs to ensure his own son could pursue his dream of driving in Formula 1.
Unfortunately for Lewis, his dream of clinching an eighth world championship will have to wait.
"Firstly, congratulations to Max and to his team," Hamilton told Sky Sports after the race.
That was one of the most heartbreaking championship losses I've ever seen, but watching Lewis Hamilton and his dad immediately congratulate Max on his 1st championship tells you everything you need to know about them.- Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) December 12, 2021
Good people :pray:
Lewis Hamilton and his Father.
Such a powerful moment! Given what went down today, Lewis needed someone who understood what it means to be treated unfairly. No one understands that more than a Black father. :pray::heart: pic.twitter.com/TRrvWWgLz4
- Hamid George (@GeorgeBangx) December 12, 2021
I am so glad Sir @LewisHamilton 's father Anthony Hamilton was there and the 1st person to give his son counsel, sound counsel. You wanna know why Lewis is so amazing with good character, integrity & class; look to the man who raised and nurtured him. :hearts::hearts: #Formula1 #AbuDhabiGP pic.twitter.com/ITrpTPfsCA
- ChahtaMiss (@ChahtaMs) December 12, 2021
This clip is everything. @LewisHamilton's Dad laying hands on him, perhaps speaking some prayer into his ears after the defeat that should never have happened. Powerful. #AbuDhabiGP #formula1 pic.twitter.com/cKOXHD53Zh
- Marverine Cole :blue_heart::mask::syringe::syringe::syringe: (@TVMarv) December 12, 2021
People chat this and that about fatherhood...the thing people never get right is that a child's father is their best friend
No one can understand him/her like a father or hold them down like one
The sun will still rise the next day @LewisHamilton is lucky to have his dad with him pic.twitter.com/L6IjCXLCzj
- EliOnline (@EliOnline123) December 13, 2021
A 36 y/o who has the world at his feet, crying in the arms of his dad. This is @LewisHamilton, a human before everything with the right set of values. I respected you before and I do even more after this, most beautiful moment in F1. #anthonyhamilton :pray: pic.twitter.com/RH9z595pJN
- James McGavin (@JamesMcGavinF1) December 12, 2021
"I think we did an amazing job this year. My team, everyone back at the factory, have worked so hard this whole year, it's been the most difficult of seasons. I'm so proud of them and I'm so grateful to be a part of the journey with them.
"This last part of the season we gave it absolutely everything and never gave up."