Lewis Hamilton visits Bicester Heritage ahead of British Grand Prix
Taking time during British Grand Prix week, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton traveled to Bicester this morning to inaugurate Motorsport UK’s new headquarters.
The UK motorsport governing body moved to Bicester Heritage earlier this year from its historic headquarters in Colnbrook, near London.
He was hosted by Chairman David Richards CBE and CEO Hugh Chambers and saw an art installation The Story of British Motorsport commissioned specifically to trace the development of the sport from 1905 to the present day, and which includes some of its own defining moments for his career.
It also unveiled a commemorative plaque, also specially commissioned using components from one of its 2021 race cars.
Sir Lewis received the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded annually by Motorsport UK to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the F1 World Championship.
It was first presented in memory of Mike Hawthorn, who became Britain’s first F1 world champion in 1958 but tragically died in a road accident a year later.
Lewis speaks with Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards CBE and CEO Hugh Chambers
The trophy rewards Sir Lewis’ 2020 world champion title, as well as his campaign work for equal opportunities in motorsport for people from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.
Sir Lewis has now won the trophy 11 times.
He said: “It has been an honor to officially open Motorsport UK’s new headquarters today and receive the Hawthorn Trophy.
“I am very proud to race with the Union Jack on my suit and to represent my country on the track, so receiving this award is always very special to me.
“I know David and the whole team here have big plans in place for the future of our sport, including nurturing the next generation of drivers and improving diversity, and I hope I can come back soon to see how they do. are progressing. ”
Mr Richards congratulated him on a report released earlier this week by the Hamilton Commission, formed by Sir Lewis, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, aimed at improving the representation of blacks in British motorsport.
He said: “Motorsport UK is immensely proud and privileged to have welcomed Lewis to our new home in the heart of the ‘Motorsport Valley’ today and I would like to thank him for officially inaugurating the seat from which our staff will take the next steps in the governing body’s mission to support and develop our sport in this country.
“Lewis is a fantastic ambassador for our sport. His achievements are the best possible example for future generations of young drivers who seek to follow in his footsteps, but also for all those who participate in motorsport at all levels.
He added that “Bicester Heritage has the vision to ensure a strong and vibrant future for the automotive past, present and future, the companies that serve this market and the people who work in the industry” and therefore was the ideal setting. for organizational work.
“We wish Lewis a successful weekend in the homeland of British motorsport,” he said.