Lewis Hamilton was in the thick of the party as Formula 1 began its countdown to next year’s Las Vegas Grand Prix in typically extravagant fashion.
The seven-time world champion was joined by Mercedes teammate George Russell and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for a launch event for the 2023 race as F1 prepares to return to ‘Sin City’ for the first time since the early 1980s.
Hamilton, Russell and Perez drove F1 cars up and down the famous Vegas ‘Strip’, lighting up their tyres and performing doughnuts to the delight of watching fans.
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The trio were interviewed on stage at a fans’ event while Hamilton attended a party with his dad Anthony, with the pair dancing as they joined a DJ on the decks. Both father and son looked to be enjoying themselves as they bopped in front of a packed arena of partygoers.
Hamilton also took time to mingle with fans with a footage emerging on social media of him posing for a picture with a young wheelchair-bound fan.
“I’m so excited to be here in Vegas,” he told fans during the event. “Just driving down that Strip, watching movies [on big screens]… For sure this is going to be the best race of all time. Thank you so much for having me.”
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Asked if he would be able to stay focused on racing during next year’s grand prix amid the distractions Vegas is renowned for, Hamilton jokingly replied: “Nope! Of course we have races like Singapore. Monaco, for example, is pretty hectic.
“It’s definitely not going to be easy [to stay focused]. We’ll be here to try and win the race but also to try and see a bit of what this city has to offer.”
Next year’s Las Vegas Grand Prix will be held on a Saturday night US time, November 18, the early hours of Sunday morning in Europe and will be the penultimate race of the season.
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