ABU DHABI — Lewis Hamilton credited an unconventional spot of preparation with “massive brother” Will Smith for his victory on the final race of the Formulation One season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton, topped champion for the fifth time in October, invited his pal Smith to the race because the Hollywood actor had attending a Formulation One grand prix with the British driver on his bucket listing. The 2 males had been entrance and centre for the pre-race drivers’ parade and Smith continued to play a starring function in the published, operating throughout the observe with a inexperienced flag earlier than the beginning and making an attempt his hand at working a trackside digital camera.

Hamilton went on to declare a snug victory — capping off essentially the most spectacular championship win of his profession to date — however arguably his and Smith’s best show got here shortly earlier than they made their means to the grid. In a staged piece for digital camera, Hamilton appeared tied up whereas Smith informed him he was taking his spot contained in the cockpit for the race.

Will Smith and Lewis Hamilton stroll via the Formulation One paddock forward of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Charles Coates/Getty Photos

Within the video, Smith says: “I am sorry, look here is the deal, that is a as soon as in a lifetime alternative for me, man! You already won man! Simply save one thing for different individuals. You black, I am black, ain’t no one gonna know the distinction.”

Hamilton seems to virtually lose his composure and snort midway via, threatening to “whup” Smith, and the video ends with Hamilton — nonetheless tied up — shouting “You higher win, man!”

“Will, I’ve bought to race! Critically!!” 😂#AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 @F1 pic.twitter.com/cf1lBiseHW

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 25, 2018

Mercedes’ official Twitter account adopted up with two additional movies from contained in the storage, one displaying a man decked out in a race go well with and Hamilton’s race helmet approaching the automotive — adopted by a video of a sheepish Smith being led out away.

One thing’s not fairly proper right here… 🤔#AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 #F1 pic.twitter.com/azgZ70qz1w

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 25, 2018

Sorry, not right now, Will… 😂😂😂#AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 #F1 pic.twitter.com/w90ierTbD4

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 25, 2018

Talking on the post-race press convention, Hamilton mentioned: “We had an unconventional weekend as yesterday morning we had been filming one thing with FIFA and Sony. Then this morning we did varied stuff with Will.

“Will is the unique hype man, he’s hyper, he brings a lot of vitality. He’s actually like a massive brother to me. We had been performing some filming and stuff like 10 minutes earlier than I bought in the automotive which I by no means do as that’s normally the time frame I prepare so I used to be going into the race having fully modified my sample.”



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