A new Formula 1 date is approaching. This weekend the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be held in Imola, the fourth date of the 2022 season, and although attention will surely be focused on the dispute between Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) with Max Verstappen (Red Bull), a side event involving Lewis Hamilton caught the interest of fans.
According to the English media Sky News, the driver of the Mercedes-AMG team, along with the tennis player Serena Williams, would be part of a group of investors that seeks to acquire Chelsea, the prestigious Premier League team that is for sale by decision of the current owner, the Russian Roman Abramovich.
The world champion himself confirmed the news. In an interview published by the same British news site, Hamilton confirmed that he is one of the people who support the interest of Sir Martin Broughton (former president of Liverpool) to acquire the London team.
“I am a sports fanatic,” Hamilton began by pointing out to the press in the run-up to the Emilia Romagna GP.
“It is the biggest sport in the world and Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs and one of the most successful. When I heard about this opportunity I was like, ‘Wow,’ this is one of the best opportunities to be a part of something.”
Of course, the F1 champion’s interest in approaching football also generated a series of comments because Hamilton’s affection for Arsenal, another of the London teams and classic rival of the “Blues”, is public.
“I know that when you watch sports there is always a crazy rivalry between one team and another, but I really don’t have that hostility within my personality,” he said about the questioning.
“I love to see people stand out, I have been to several Arsenal and Chelsea games because my uncle is a big fan of the BluesSo there’s been that kind of rivalry in the family my whole life.”
Regarding his closeness to football, Hamilton indicated that “I have been a football fan since I was a child, I have played from the age of four to 17 years. When I was young, around the corner from where I lived, I used to play soccer with all the kids and a couple of my close friends at the time, and I really wanted to fit in. I was the only colored kid there,” he recalled.
Of those years, Hamilton said that “all the kids supported a different team: one was from Tottenham, one was from Manchester United and I remember switching between these teams when I was younger and when I came home my sister would hit me several times in arm and said: ‘You have to support Arsenal’”.
Lastly, regarding his closeness to the Gunners, the pilot commented that “I remember when I was five or six years old I became an Arsenal fan, but my uncle Terry is a big fan of the Gunners. BluesSo I’ve been to so many games with him to watch Arsenal and Chelsea play.”