F1 ace Hamilton comments amid Chelsea bid links

The Formula 1 star has joined a consortium hoping to buy the Premier League club

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says joining a consortium hoping to buy Premier League giants Chelsea from Roman Abramovich was one of the greatest opportunities”as he spoke of his excitement over the potential investment opportunity.

It was reported on Thursday that Hamilton had joined another sporting superstar, tennis queen Serena Williams, in joining a consortium led by British businessman Martin Broughton, with each pledging a sum of around £10million sterling in the fund.

And speaking to the media on Friday for the first time since reports Hamilton, an Arsenal supporter, expressed excitement at the prospect of potentially mirroring Liverpool investor LeBron James by owning a stake in a Premier League club. .

“At the end of the day, I’m a sports fan, Hamilton told the media ahead of this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

“It’s the biggest sport in the world and Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and one of the most successful. When I heard about this opportunity I thought ‘wow’ is one of the greatest opportunities to be a part of something.

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Hamilton’s fondness for Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal may prove to be a sticking point for some supporters – but Hamilton tried to address any potential discord with fans by saying he has a respect for long time for the Blues.

“I know when you watch sports there’s always a crazy rivalry between one team and another., he said via Sky Sports. “I don’t really hold that hostility in my personality.

“I love to see people excel, I’ve been to quite a few Arsenal and Chelsea games because my uncle is a big Blues fan so there’s been this kind of family rivalry all my life. .

“It’s a business opportunity, an incredible opportunity to be part of the biggest sport in the world and one of the biggest teams in the world..

Hamilton went on to suggest that although he made his name and wealth in motorsport, football was his first love.

“I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid, I’ve been playing since I was a kid, from four to 17 teams every year. I played every year when I was growing up, I attended many games, he said.

“When I was young, around the corner from my house, I was playing football with all the kids and a few close friends at the time, and I really wanted to fit in. I was the only colored kid there. .

“All the kids were supporting someone different – one was Tottenham, the other was Man United and I remember moving from one team to another when I was younger and coming back to home, my sister hit me several times on the arm and said: ‘you supported Arsenal.’

“So I remember when I was five, six, I became an Arsenal fan but my uncle Terry is a huge Blues fan so I went to so many games with him to see Arsenal and Chelsea play.”

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Broughton’s offer is among three candidates to have been shortlisted by the Raine Group of New York, which is overseeing the sale. The others are consortia led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca.

Hamilton also confirmed that he and Serena Williams had many conversations about their joint offer.

“We talked about it – Serena and I are very, very close“Hamilton said.”She is a phenomenal athlete and woman. She asked me what I thought about it and I told her I was going to be a part of it and she decided to join.

“Naturally I heard about it in the news, everyone obviously knew about it. I was contacted and Sir Martin took the time to talk to me on the phone and explain his objectives and those of his team they were able to win the bid, which was incredibly exciting and very much in line with my values.

And pressed on his strategy if he gets involved with the football club, Hamilton said he hopes Chelsea will move on from the recent controversy that has surrounded his past ownership and subsequent sale.

“We try to acquire a team and bring it forward,” he stated. “It’s all about the community. This is what really makes a football team, the people inside and around it.


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