ABU DHABI – On a big day for British motorsport, Prince Harry and Prime Minister David Cameron have congratulated Lewis Hamilton on winning his second Formula 1 world championship.
In Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Hamilton claimed his 11th win of the season to secure the title, with Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg finishing down in 14th place following an ERS failure on his engine.
Upon crossing the line and winning the championship, Hamilton began celebrating over the radio before receiving a very special message over the pit wall from Prince Harry, who has been in Abu Dhabi this weekend for the race.
Following the race, British Prime Minister David Cameron also sent his congratulations to Hamilton, taking to Twitter to post his message.
Hamilton’s F1 title victory completes a clean sweep of the single seater series on the F1 circuit for Great Britain. Jolyon Palmer became the first British driver to win the GP2 Series since Hamilton in 2006, whilst Alex Lynn clinched the GP3 title in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.
Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.
In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.
“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”
Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.
In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.
Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.
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