Lewis Hamilton: 'I'll celebrate F1 title win with minestrone soup'

‘I’ll celebrate with minestrone soup’: Lewis Hamilton reveals celebration plans after winning seventh Formula One title on Sunday… but claims ‘proper party’ won’t happen until after the coronavirus pandemic

  • Lewis Hamilton lifted his seventh Formula One world title in Turkey on Sunday 
  • The Mercedes driver has now equalled Michael Schumacher’s title record 
  • The 35-year-old has returned to Monaco and will celebrate with minestrone soup
  • Hamilton claims a proper party will not take place during the coronavirus crisis 

Lewis Hamilton flew home to Monaco last night to watch a replay of the race with a bowl of minestrone soup.

The new seven-time world champion said a proper party would have to wait until Covid-19 allowed him to celebrate with friends and family.

For now, a modest bash in his apartment will do. He said: ‘This year, I haven’t gone out. I have been staying in my bubble with room service every day. And that is because I had a championship to fight for and didn’t want to take any risks.

Lewis Hamilton will celebrate his seventh Formula One title with minestrone soup in Monaco

Hamilton admitted that a proper party will have to wait until after the coronavirus pandemic

‘I have made more sacrifices than in my whole life. That has made it difficult. I am going to go home tonight and just watch the race. I usually have a minestrone soup and definitely a bottle of wine.’

Hamilton’s crushing win in rain-hit Istanbul put him level with Michael Schumacher in terms of title triumphs — a figure that he finally admitted had always been in his mind.

‘I know I say it is beyond my wildest dreams, but for my whole life, secretly, I have dreamt as high as this. But it felt so far-fetched after watching Michael win those championships.

‘Just to get to one, two or three is so hard. Seven is just unimaginable. There is no end to what I can do with this team. I feel like I am only just getting started.’

Hamilton (right) has now equalled Michael Schumacher (left)’s total for Formula One title wins

Next on the agenda is a new £40million contract that will tie him to Mercedes beyond this season and probably for at least three years — a saga that has dragged on without any real explanation until now.

Hamilton said: ‘We do need to get on to it. It has to be organic and not something that is forced. There are days when you think what happens if you start making mistakes or you get worse: does your value decrease, does your bargaining power fall away, does your reputation go off a cliff?

‘I know there are scenarios in life where you sign up real quick and guarantee your future, but I bet on myself, I do the work.

Hamilton (above) will now focus his attention on getting a new £40million F1 contract

The 35-year-old also paid tribute to his family after his monumental achievement on Sunday

‘I know what I can do. I wanted to put the negotiations aside, wait until the job was done. We have got three races in the Middle East and I want to win all of them. The contract is not done. But we will get it done, I am sure.’

Hamilton paid tribute to his family and especially his supportive father Anthony, calling him a ‘great man’, before turning his attention to the fight for equality, a cause close to his heart.

He said: ‘It is no secret that I have walked this sport alone as the only person of colour. I hope this sends a message to the kids that are watching that it doesn’t matter where you come from or your background.

‘It is important to dream big. You can create your own path and that is what I did.’

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