F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton took a moment before Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix to pay tribute to Serena Williams. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, ended her astonishing career at this year’s US Open.
Hamilton, widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, described Williams as one of the most inspirational athletes in the sport’s history. “I’m taking a moment before the race today to show my appreciation and gratitude to the greatest of all time, @serenawilliams.
We will never see another Serena again. She is one of a kind. She came out like a wrecking ball and was so spectacular to behold. She has such ferocity, power and strength in body and mind. To be so bold, black, brave, and most of all, a kind and caring human being is beautiful,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
Hamilton to Williams: You inspire me every day
Before Hamilton became an F1 superstar, he watched Serena and Venus Williams on TV. Today, Hamilton is good friends with the Williams sisters. “I remember watching her and Venus in their first matches with my dad on TV,” Hamilton added.
“Seeing such talented women dominate a field where no one was like them gave me hope. They made me believe that superheroes are real and can watch me and my family. I never dreamed in a million years that I would meet these heroes and come to call them my friends.
I knew I wasn’t alone because of you. I knew I could never give up because you didn’t. I can never thank you enough. Again today you remind me to never give up, you remind me of what we stand for and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You make me want to be better in every way. A better competitor, a better brother, a better friend and a better leader. You inspire me every day and you just know you still have a brother in me. Serena, I wish you all the happiness in what awaits you.
You really deserve it.”
This week, Williams named Hamilton when asked to reveal his list of GOAT athletes. Meanwhile, Hamilton finished fourth in the Dutch Grand Prix.