Britain’s F1 stars will be looking for the nearest TV following the Hungarian Grand Prix so they can cheer on England in the final of the women’s Euros.
In a landmark moment for female sport in the UK, the Lionesses will face Germany at Wembley today for the right to be crowned European champions. The match kicks off at 5pm, just over an hour after the conclusion of the action at the Hungaroring, near Budapest.
And Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell will be among the millions tuning in once they have completed their post-race media commitments. Ahead of the match, all three sent messages of support to the Lionesses via Sky Sports F1.
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“I wanted to send a short message to say thank you for the incredible, inspirational work that you’re doing,” said Hamilton, who is a big supporter of women’s sport and paid a visit to the paddock of the all-female W Series earlier this weekend.
“Everything you’re doing is so empowering for young girls out there, and young people in general. It’s so inspiring.”
Hamilton declined to utter the phrase, ‘it’s coming home’, adding: “I’m not going to say it’s coming home because it just adds pressure. You guys know what to do. I’m wishing you all the best, I’ll be watching and supporting from Budapest.”
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Norris offered his congratulations too and said he would find victory especially satisfying as his team boss at McLaren, Andreas Seidl, is German.
“Congratulations for getting in the final versus Germany,” said Norris. “My team boss is German so if you could completely wipe the smile off his face I would say the biggest thank you in the world. I want to wish you all the best. I’ll try and watch when I’m finished with the driving.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s teammate, Russell, who put his Mercedes on pole position for the race, said: “What an amazing job you’ve done so far. All the best for the final on Sunday. I’ll be jumping out of the car and trying to watch the second half. Go and make us all proud.”
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