Lewis Hamilton and the wider motorsport community have paid their respects following the death of the legendary NBA star, Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers.
The tributes have since poured in following the shock news, with Hamilton amongst the high-profile names to send his sympathies and condolences.
“I’m sad to hear that we lost one of our greats,” Hamilton said on social media.
“Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many including myself.”
“I’m deeply saddened for his family and for the people around the world who looked up to him. May he and his daughter rest in peace.”
I’m sad to hear that we lost one of our greats. @kobebryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many including myself. I’m deeply saddened for his family and for the people around the world who looked up to him. May he and his daughter rest in peace pic.twitter.com/O4ZWANcGKm
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) January 26, 2020
McLaren driver, Carlos Sainz, described Bryant as a “huge legend” in his tribute post.
A huge legend just left us…Rest in peace Kobe 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/4vnOFOZ1OA
— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) January 26, 2020
So did team-mate Lando Norris on Instagram.
Their team also paid their respects to one of sport’s biggest superstars.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 26, 2020
Alfa Romeo followed suit.
A true sporting legend.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/nlS7cNVFUU
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) January 26, 2020
Jenson Button described Bryant as “one of the best sportsmen/athletes that has ever lived”.
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) January 26, 2020
Racing Point driver Sergio Perez referred to Bryant as a “great legend”.
¡Descanse en paz… una gran leyenda! 😔🙏 https://t.co/IJYjHVEwAG
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) January 26, 2020
His team also posted their own tribute via their Twitter page.
A legend to his game. A sporting hero to many around the world 🏀
— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) January 27, 2020