Lewis Hamilton dedicated his win in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix to Muhammad Ali following the legendary boxer’s death last week at the age of 74.
Hamilton fended off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to clinch his fifth Formula 1 win in Montreal on Sunday, cutting the gap to Mercedes teammate and drivers’ championship Nico Rosberg leader Nico Rosberg to nine points in the process.
After crossing the line, Hamilton quipped one of Ali’s most famous quotes over the radio while celebrating before dedicating the victory to one of his heroes.
Upon getting out of his car before the podium ceremony, Hamilton did the ‘Ali Shuffle’ before going to celebrate with his Mercedes team.
Hamilton spoke about his performance on the podium with actor Michael Douglas, explaining the poor start that saw him fall behind Vettel before forcing Rosberg wide at the first corner.
“Today I had another really bad start, I’m not quite sure why, I think overheating my clutch,” Hamilton said.
“Sebastian and Nico got quite a good run down to Turn 1, tires were cold, big understeer. I feel very grateful me and Nico didn’t damage anything on our cars.
“Otherwise, after that, I was just trying to chase [Vettel] down. He was so quick out there. The car felt fantastic, I think I got the setup just right with great work from the engineers and mechanics.
“I won my first grand prix here in 2007. This is just such a blessing.”
The result brings Hamilton back into the thick of the title fight, having cut Rosberg’s lead from 43 points to just nine in the space of two races.
“We’re gonna just take it one race at a time. There’s still work to do,” Hamilton said.
“We’re gonna continue to improve this car, there are a lot of races. We need to try and keep on a roll if possible. There’s a long old way to go.
“These guys are getting faster and faster, Ferrari and Red Bull. Collectively as a team we’re just going to keep our head down and keep working.
“I’m just overwhelmed with today. I remember when I was here nine years ago. It feels just as great as back then.”