LEWIS HAMILTON showed football legend Cristiano Ronaldo around his Mercedes garage ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix and treated the Juventus star’s son to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Hamilton was captured speaking to Ronaldo in the garage about topics unknown to the public.
The F1 star skipped media duties yesterday to take time to come to terms with the loss of Niki Lauda, who sadly passed away on Monday night.
However, he appeared to be holding himself together very well as he chatted with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Hamilton even picked up Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr and placed him in the Mercedes cockpit.
According to Sky Sports F1’s Simon Lazenby, only a handful of people have been lucky enough to share the honour.
“Cristiano Ronaldo inside the Mercedes garage. He [Hamilton] will give you a tour,” Lazenby said.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr, getting a view which only two or three people have had.
“That’s his chief mechanic, himself and now Ronaldo Jnr.”
After showing his new friend around his car, Hamilton whizzed around the Monaco Grand Prix track, setting the fastest times in both practice sessions.
His team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, came close second and again they were way ahead of their Ferrari rivals.
The pair are racing this weekend in memory of former non-executive chairman Lauda.
Bottas stepped in for Hamilton at the pre-race press conference and gave an update on his team-mates condition.
“Yeah, I saw him today,” Bottas said of Hamilton.
“Everything was normal. I just got a request from our marketing team to be in the press conference.
“So that’s all I know really. He seemed OK.”