Lewis Hamilton mocked by child for American accent: Talk normally

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Hamilton topped yesterday’s qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, though his team-mate Valtteri Bottas will start in pole position today, due to the championship leader’s grid penalty. Despite Hamilton’s ten-place grid drop for a new engine, he dominated qualifying and will start the race in 11th, while Bottas beat the Englishman’s title rival Max Verstappen. Hamilton, who received a knighthood last year for his services to motorsport, was fastest in a wet-dry Q1 and Q2 and then set a new Istanbul Park track record in Q3.

The driver, who is the current World Drivers’ Championship leader, is gunning to overtake Michael Schumacher to win a record eighth title.

Despite his achievements on the track, the F1 star was humbled by a child, who in an unearthed video, questioned why Hamilton spoke with an “American” accent.

In Sky Sports F1’s 2019 series Small Talk, a child interviewed Hamilton and asked: “I heard you on the Christina Aguilera song ‒ is that really you?”

Confused, Hamilton responds “No” before the child adds “It has to be”.

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The F1 driver asks: “Why does it have to be?”

The child explains: “Because it sounds a bit American on the track and you’re talking a bit American now.”

Hamilton quickly says “Am I?” before the child adds “Yeah you sound a bit American or Australian.”

Hamilton defensively remarks: “Australian? No, I don’t sound Australian.”

The young interviewer hilariously insists: “Talk normally!”

Hamilton, who was born in Stevenage, was awarded a knighthood in the 2020 New Years Honours list.

As well as equaling Schumacher’s record of seven World Drivers Championships, last year he also became the most successful F1 driver of all time in terms of most race wins, pole positions and podium finishes.

He explained in the 2019 interview: “I have a really mixed accent ‒ I don’t know why.

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“I think what it was that my dad always gave me a lot of trouble because he said I would mumble, so I would always stutter my words when I was younger. 

“Then I started travelling to Europe so I was a lot in France and Italy and I started speaking a lot of broken English. 

“And I spent a lot of time in an American airbase when I was young and naturally all the music I listen to is American.

“So sometimes you just accidentally pick up the twang.”

The cheeky interviewer then took a different tack in skewering the world renowned sports star, by commenting on Hamilton’s appearance. 

He said: “My mum said that you were better looking when you were younger ‒ do you think that?”

Flustered Hamilton responded: “Erm no… Jeez I don’t know.”

Hilariously the child then reveals a picture of a young Hamilton and exclaimed “What were you thinking?”

In agreement Hamilton says: “I think this is a terrible picture ‒ yeah that was not a good look.

“Your mum needs to go to Specsavers because I look much better now than I did there.”

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