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today is Dec 06, 2022

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton was officially declared an honorary citizen of Brazil in a ceremony at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.

In brief

Hamilton honoured with Brazilian citizenship, dedicates to memory of Senna

Lewis Hamilton was officially declared an honorary citizen of Brazil in a ceremony at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.

The seven-time world champion was awarded the honour after the Chamber passed a motion in June to make him an honorary citizen. Hamilton has won the Brazilian Grand Prix three times, including last year in 2021, where he waved a Brazilian flag on the cool-down lap.

Accepting his citizenship in the Chamber, Hamilton dedicated his honour to his idol, Ayrton Senna.

“It is honestly the greatest honour for me to be here, receiving and accepting this citizenship,” Hamilton told the Chamber. “I really do feel like I’m one of you now, finally. I love Brazil. I’ve always loved Brazil.

“I want to dedicate today this honour to Ayrton Senna. To Ayrton’s family, to his friends and to his fans. When I was five years old, I saw Ayrton race for the first time and that was the moment I knew I wanted to be a world champion just like him.”

Sainz expects no repeat of poor performance at altitude in Brazil

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jnr says he expects that his team’s disappointing performance at high altitude in the last round in Mexico won’t be repeated this weekend in Brazil.

Sainz and team mate Charles Leclerc finished fifth and sixth, respectively in Mexico and were half a minute behind Mercedes driver George Russell before he pitted for soft tyres on the penultimate lap to attempt to set the fastest lap before the end of the race. Despite the Interlagos circuit also being significantly above sea level, Sainz says he does not expect a repeat of the poor performance this weekend.

“I don’t think so,” Sainz said. “I think Austria was also high altitude and we were okay. Brazil is similar to Austria, so I expect to be okay.”

Bertrand named Mahindra Formula E CEO

Former Formula E director Frederic Bertrand has been named as the new CEO of the Mahindra Formula E team.

The team, who had been led by team principal Dilbagh Gill from the first season of the championship in 2014 to the end of the 2022 season, appointed Betrand as CEO following a decade working in the FIA.

The Indian team placed eighth in the Formula E teams’ championship this season, failing to win a race. Formula E is set to run its inaugural race in India next year around a street circuit set in the city of Hyderabad.

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