Lewis Hamilton seemed in good spirits despite the dreary weather in Shanghai on Friday. The F1 star, who is in town for the Chinese Grand Prix taking place on Sunday, had no choice but to cancel is practice sessions leading up to the big day due to wet conditions. Practice One was red-flagged twice, with only 20 minutes of running completed before it was called a day. But this didn’t put a damper on Hamilton’s mood, who took this time to mingle and interact with supporters. He took pictures, sign autographs and even handed out Mercedes merchandise to fans who weathered the frustrating conditions to get a piece of the action.
It is acts like these, as well as his prowess on the track that has bettors lining up to wager on this superstar F1 racer. In fact, he is high on the betting list of sportsman likely to claim the BBC SPOTY 2017 award, set to take place in December. Hamilton currently sits in sixth place with odds of 10/1, while professional boxer Anthony Joshua takes the top spot with the odds of him taking the title in 2017 being 2/1.