x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Lewis Hamilton will rack up air miles to watch his brother race ahead of Malaysian GP

The McLaren-Mercedes driver will make a 21,000km round trip from Malaysia to Britain to watch his younger brother Nicholas make his racing debut.

LONDON // Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren-Mercedes driver, will make a 21,000km round trip from Malaysia to Britain and back this weekend to watch his younger brother Nicolas make his racing debut at Brands Hatch.

The 2008 Formula One world champion, who finished second in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, told British reporters that he would be at the Renault Clio Cup race along with his father Anthony.

He will then return to Malaysia for the grand prix at Sepang the following weekend.

"I am the closest person to him but even I cannot comprehend what it must have been like to have the difficulties he has had," said Hamilton of his 19-year-old brother, who has cerebral palsy.

"I'm so proud of him. I'll just head back to see his qualifying and race and then pop back out.

"It's cool. I will get to watch lots of movies on the plane."

Anthony Hamilton, who is manager to Force India's British rookie Paul Di Resta, was also in Australia at the weekend.