Hamilton's bold style statement garners driver comparisons to 'SHREK'

Lewis Hamilton’s bold statement look in Baku ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has some fans comparing the seven-time world champion to ‘SHREK’… while others hail the return of ‘Lewis Hamilton Fashion Week’

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Lewis Hamilton stepped out in an eye-catching look ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix that had fans taking to Twitter to discuss his fashion statement. 

The seven-time world champion donned a head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfit from the French fashion house’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection as he made his way through the paddock in Baku for media duties before race weekend gets underway with tomorrow’s opening practice session. 

Hamilton has long enjoyed a relationship with the LVMH cornerstone brand, burnished by his friendship with the house’s former menswear designer Virgil Abloh. 

When Abloh died in November 2021 after privately battling cancer, Hamilton penned an emotional tribute to his friend and collaborator, calling him an ‘icon and legend’ and saying that he would ‘never forget’ Abloh’s unwavering support. 

But whilst fans poked fun at the striking combination on the social media platform, they also praised Hamilton for once again making the paddock his runway. 

Lewis Hamilton sported an eye-catching green outfit in Baku ahead of race weekend

The seven-time world champion completed the look with Louis Vuitton trainers, matching green sunglasses and an array of jewellery

One fan said: ‘The Lewis Hamilton fashion week is back, ladies and gentlemen, today it looks like he was attacked by Shrek but anyway I like it’. 

Another agreed, saying: ‘love the jacket’. 

A third queried the practicality of the outfit, adding: ‘Bro decided to be a plant today. Seriously how this man manages to wear such heavy looking clothes in a weather like that’. 

But another dubbed the Mercedes driver ‘cool as ever’. 

Fans took to Twitter to praise the drivers’ wardrobe choice but not without some gentle teasing

Hamilton will hope that Mercedes’ pre-hiatus form continues after the break in Baku, following the driver’s second place finish at the Australian Grand Prix in March. 

Having had a less-than impressive start to the season – which saw concern grow that the constructor had been unable to banish the demons that haunted the team last season – team principal Toto Wolff had warned fans that they might not see improvements in the W14 until at least the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. 

But a strong showing in Melbourne hinted that Hamilton and his team-mate George Russell might yet be competitive, if not at the front of the pack, then in the fight for second place in the constructor’s championship. 

One fan wondered jokingly if Hamilton’s sartorial statement was more loaded than it seemed

The Briton returns to Azerbaijan and a race circuit where he has won once before with an eye to ramping up his W14’s ability to compete at the front of the pack

One fan on Twitter wondered Hamilton was sending a message with his green outfit choice, stating tongue-in-cheek: ‘Lewis to Aston Martin confirmed’. 

Hamilton’s future has been a talking point from the first race of the season, with rumours swirling that if the Briton feels he is unable to realistically challenge for a historic eighth world championship, he may move teams. 

Whisperings that Ferrari might be the best option should Hamilton make a shock move away from Mercedes led to questions posed for the Italian team’s star driver Charles Leclerc. 

On Thursday, Leclerc refused to rule out a future move to Mercedes should the constructors set up a swap, but said that for now, he is ‘fully focused’ on winning with Ferrari. 

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