Justin Bieber congratulates F1 star Lewis Hamilton on his 2016 Monaco Grand Prix victory

PUBLISHED: 18:40 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:48 01 June 2016

Lewis Hamilton with Justin Bieber after winning the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Sean Ramsell]

Lewis Hamilton with Justin Bieber after winning the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Sean Ramsell]

SEAN RAMSELL

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton motored to his 44th career victory in the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix – and was congratulated afterwards by Justin Bieber.

The 31-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag in Monte Carlo for his first victory of the season.

Hamilton made just one stop for tyres to cross the finish line more than six seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.

It was an aggressive strategy by Hamilton after the race started in the wet.

Afterwards chart-topping Canadian singer Bieber tweeted to his 82 million followers on Twitter: “Congrats to my brother @LewisHamilton on an amazing victory”

Hamilton said: “This might be the best place ever to have win number 44 – it’s been eight years since I won here!

“What a special day... truly one of the hardest races I can ever remember having.

“To stay in the zone, not make any mistakes and come out on top is just unbelievable.

“I walk along here every day and think about the greats who have won this race – the likes of Fangio, Moss, Hill and Senna – and it’s a truly amazing feeling to have my name added to that list again.”

Of stopping just once, he said: “It’s very unusual that I’m able to take any credit for a strategy decision – but when the team first asked me to box, I could see the track drying and my tyres still felt pretty good.

“So I told them all that and they said to stay out, which worked out great.

“I just carried on looking after the tyres – picking up the pace a bit when I saw what times people were starting to do on the intermediates as it dried out.

“I was matching their times at that stage so I thought, ‘I could actually hold onto this until it’s dry’.

Justin Bieber and Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Dailmer AG / Mercedes-Benz]Justin Bieber and Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Dailmer AG / Mercedes-Benz]

“Staying in that window was really tricky, though, as the first two sectors were almost dry.

“When I came out on the slicks it was like driving on ice.

“It was tough knowing how hard to push and we came out very close together.

“If he [Ricciardo] hadn’t had a bad stop I wouldn’t have been ahead.

“But these things happen for a reason – and today the reason was that 44th win.”


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