Formula 1 drivers pay homage to inspirational Nelson Mandela

Lewis Hamilton met with Nelson Mandela in 2008

Lewis Hamilton met with Nelson Mandela in 2008

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton posted an Instagram photo of himself shaking hands with Nelson Mandela shortly after the news filtered around the world of the passing of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who also served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The caption to the photo – taken when Hamilton met Mandela in 2008 –  read: “One of the most special moments in my life was meeting the great Madiba. One of the most inspirational human beings to have lived [and] without a doubt the nicest man I ever met. I will miss you, we will miss you Madiba. God rest your soul, I love you like a son loves a father.”

More than 25,000 people ‘liked’ the photo and message posted by the 2008 F1 World Champion.

Fernando Alonso paid homage to Nelson Mandela at the FIA awards in Paris, saying, “He’s a role model, someone who fought for what he believed and we owe much, the world we have today, it is still not perfect, is much better because of him.”

Felipe Massa tweeted: “RIP for Nelson Mandela. God rest your soul in peace!!! Greatest human being.”

Former F1 driver turned pundit Martin Brundle: “RIP Nelson Mandela. What an inspiration that man was, and remains.”

Tony Fernandes, Caterham team boss: RIP the greatest man ever. Nelson Mandela. Learn to forgive. We all can learn so much from this man. Many in Malaysia can. We are all the same.”

Mr. Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013. (GP247)

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