Hamilton given rapturous welcome

Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton received a hero's welcome at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, hot on the heels of his British Grand Prix success at Silverstone.

Hamilton was greeted by cheers from thousands of motor racing enthusiasts as he emerged with his latest trophy onto the balcony of Goodwood House in West Sussex alongside TV and radio presenter Chris Evans. The pair toasted spectators with champagne.

"The crowd went absolutely wild, they loved him," Goodwood spokeswoman Janet Bradley said. "This is his second visit to Goodwood after he came along last year.

"It was a real opportunity for him to get close to the fans and say thank you to them for their support following his Grand Prix win."

After stopping to sign autographs, Hamilton, 23, who flew in especially for the event from his home in Geneva, sped up the famous Goodwood hill climb in his 2007 McLaren Mercedes F1 car.

Among the other big names at the three-day celebration of motor sport were Formula 1 star Jenson Button, plus rally drivers Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson, Hannu Mikkola and Dougie Lampkin.

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