In 2008, Lewis Hamilton won the first of his seven Formula 1 championships at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Last year, after winning the Interlagos race, it was said that the Brazilian government could grant him honorary citizenship, which he has just received.
Hamilton is a big fan of Ayrton Senna, the legendary Brazilian F1 pilot, and when he won last year he held up the Brazilian flag as he stepped onto the podium. That is why Congressman Andre Figueiredo proposed the initiative for Sir Lewis, a Briton, to receive the honorary citizenship.
Going for his fourth title in Brazil
Hamilton has won the Brazilian GP three times: 2016, 2018 and 2021, and will seek his first victory of the season and fourth at the circuit next Sunday, in what will be the penultimate race of the season, which already has two-time champion in Dutchman Max Verstappen.
Hamilton went to Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies to receive his honorary citizenship. “I feel like I am now one of you,” said Lewis, who came wearing a blue suit. At the ceremony, he received Brazil’s legislative merit medal and a diploma, and delivered a speech in which he thanked his fans and dedicated the honor to Senna.
“I have so many incredible memories of Brazil,” Hamilton said. “And in particular from 2021. Knowing that you guys would cheer me on along the way was one of the most special moments of my entire life. I’m looking forward to our continued efforts.”
Hamilton attended the Las Vegas GP presentation
Just last weekend, Hamilton attended the Formula 1 presentation of what will be the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will be run for the first time next season. At the event he was accompanied by his Mercedes teammate, George Russell, and Red Bull’s Mexican Sergio Perez.
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NFF Confirms Owing Jose Peseiro, Promises to Pay Super Eagles Coach
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that it is owing Jose Peseiro, head coach of the Super Eagles.
It is believed the 62-year-old has not been paid for six months.
Peseiro who was appointed in May, signed a one-year performance-based contract with the NFF on a reported $70,000 monthly salary.
The General Secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, has now said they are working on offsetting the debts.
“The NFF and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development are working on Mr. Peseiro’s wages and this will be settled shortly,” Sanusi said.
Sanusi also added that Peseiro had been doing his work without entertaining any distractions, and has even compiled his list of players for the upcoming international friendly against Portugal.
“We have a friendly match against Portugal coming up in Lisbon November 17. Peseiro has compiled a provisional list and is only waiting for this weekend’s matches to submit his list of 23 players.
“We have a cordial relationship with the coach. He is doing his job and focused on his objectives.”
Only a matter of time
Officials of the sports ministry have also assured that Peseiro will “very soon” be paid his outstanding salaries.
A special adviser at the sports ministry blamed the delay in paying the coach on the processes of receiving funds from the Government. But was confident the coach will get his pay “very soon”.
“His salary is being paid by the sports ministry. But we’ve quickly made an alternative arrangement, in conjunction with the ministry, to sort payments this week,” he said.
Since taking charge of the Eagles in May, Peseiro has recorded three defeats – against Mexico, Ecuador and Algeria. And two wins over Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe in his first five games.
He will on November 17 lead the Super Eagles against his native country Portugal in a friendly in Lisbon.
“I Have Never Disrespected A Referee”- Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has denied disrespecting La Liga referees following Real Madrid’s Saturday draw against Girona.
In the 1-1 draw, the Italian expressed his anger with the referee’s decision to award Girona a penalty for a handball by Marco Asensio. He went on to say that the winger did not touch the ball with his hand and that the referees “invented it”. The Spanish FA is now looking into Ancelotti’s comments, although he claims that they were misread and that he did not mean to disrespect the referee.
Carlo Ancelotti’s comment
During a press conference, Ancelotti said: “They have made a formal complaint about me for what I have said. An invented penalty [rigore inventato] in Italy means that they have awarded a penalty that was not a penalty.
”Bad faith and accusing a referee [of conspiracy] are not present here. I have never disrespected a referee, I only said what everyone thinks. For me, it wasn’t a penalty because of what they explained to us at the beginning of the season. It’s enough to say that it’s a mistake. Nobody is infallible.”
If the Spanish FA’s competition committee decides to take disciplinary action, Ancelotti faces a four-game suspension. Valencia left-back Jose Gaya received a four-game suspension after being found guilty of grumbling about referees last season.
Carlo Ancelotti will be on the bench when Real Madrid takes on Celtic in the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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