Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his interest in being part of a bid looking to buy Chelsea Football Club, describing it as “one of the greatest opportunities.”
Reports emerged on Thursday that Hamilton, alongside tennis legend Serena Williams, had each pledged £10 million to British businessman and lifelong Chelsea fan Martin Broughton’s bid to takeover the South London club.
Hamilton himself is an Arsenal fan, something Max Verstappen joked about, but confirmed in Friday’s press conference ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that the reports were true.
Asked if he fancied buying the club, the seven-time World Champion replied “I do very much so.”
“Look I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid,” Hamilton explained.
“I played football probably since the age of four until I was 17. I was in teams every year. I played in the school team every year through my childhood. [I have] been to numerous games.
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“When I was young, around the corner from where I lived, I used to play football with all the kids and a couple of my close friends at the time. I really wanted to fit in, I was the only kid of colour there, but I knew that the kids all supported someone different.
“One was Tottenham, one was Man U[united], I remember switching between these teams when I was younger and getting home and my sister punching me several times in the arm, basically saying ‘you have to support Arsenal.'”
Despite this support of one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals, Hamilton explained it was through his uncle that he also had a connection with the blue side of London.
“I remember five, six years old I then became a supporter of Arsenal but my uncle Terry is a big Blues fan so I’ve been to so many games with him to watch Arsenal and Chelsea play.
“Ultimately I’m a sporting fan, it’s the biggest sport in the world and Chelsea is one of the biggest and most successful clubs.
“When I heard about this opportunity i was like ‘wow, this is one of the greatest opportunities to be a part of something so great.'”
Broughton’s bid is one of three still in the running for the club which is estimated to be sold anywhere in the region from £2.5 billion to £3 billion.
If the bid is successful, it is unlikely we will see Hamilton on the Stamford Bridge touchline anytime soon but Sky News reported that the Mercedes driver has expressed a desire to play a formal role in Chelsea’s future efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Hamilton confirms interest in Chelsea bid
Lewis Hamilton confirmed he's investing as part of a proposed consortium looking to take over Chelsea FC.