Lewis Hamilton showed a touch of class by praising rival Max Verstappen during his speech at the FIA Prize Giving gala.
The British driver finished a distant third behind Red Bull duo Verstappen and Sergio Perez, who claimed victory in all but one race across the 2023 season. Verstappen set a new record for Grand Prix wins to seal his third-successive F1 title, moving him closer to Hamilton's joint record of seven.
But the Mercedes star didn't let rivalry spoil his speech. As he took to the stage to collect his third-place trophy, Hamilton said Verstappen was "faultless" over the season and claimed the Dutchman had "raised the bar" with his performances.
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"Good evening everyone, I just want to wish everyone a big, congratulations on this year," Hamilton began. "For everyone, it has been a very, very long season and very much looking forward to the winter break. We're working very, very hard on making sure we come back strong next year.
"I must say a big congratulations to Red Bull, Verstappen and Checo – they've done an incredible job this year. Max Verstappen was faultless. Max and all of his team really raised the bar and we have a lot of work to close that gap, but I truly do believe that we can close that gap."
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Fans on social media branded the 38-year-old "a class act". One X user wrote: "Humble even in defeat. You can't hate Lewis man. This guy is such a class act." Another wrote: "Great speech and fair play to him for praise Max and Checo. That must not have been easy."
A third added: "Not sure you'd hear Verstappen being so humble if he came third." A fourth commented: "That man is always so gracious. He's got more sheer class, manners, and style than the entire FIA and Red Bull team combined."
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