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F1 fan forks out £1,600 to fly Lewis Hamilton banner over Dutch GP

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A dedicated Lewis Hamilton fan has reportedly paid £1,600 on a plane to fly a banner supporting the British driver at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Hamilton has built up a rivalry with Netherlands ace Max Verstappen with Verstappen's fans often booing Hamilton.

The Brit, who is a seven-time world champion, is set to face a hot reception in Holland ahead of Sunday's race.

But Neil Steele is making sure Hamilton knows he is well backed, splashing out to support the F1 star.

According to The Sun, Steele paid £1,600 to have a plane fly a banner reading: "7 X WDC. Simply lovely" in reference to Hamilton's titles with the aircraft taking flight on Friday.

Steele said: "It's a cheeky opportunity to show Lewis some extra support as he steps into the lion's den here in Max's back yard.

"I hope, a small way to get one up on the 70,000 Dutch fans that will surround and outnumber us few Lewis and Mercedes fans here at the track this weekend.

"We may be few, but as Lewis says..still we rise!"

Hamilton goes into the weekend three points clear of Verstappen at the top of the driver standings.

And Verstappen spoke of the expected atmosphere at Zandvoort, saying: “When you go to a football match you come into a home ground, the opposition will be booed at some point.

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“It will naturally happen. They are very passionate and support their local team.

"I don’t think it’s up to me say: ‘Guys, you cannot boo.’ Of course, some of them will but I cannot decide for them.

"I could say ‘You cannot do this’ but do you really think they will listen to me?”

While Hamilton had said: “The British fans don’t do the booing, right? They’re amazing. They’re just there for a great weekend.

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"I just don’t agree with it, in general, for anyone. Everyone’s there to do the best job they can and everyone’s trying to be the best they can be. Again, it’s part of sport and you see it.

“I’ve never been someone who would go to an event and boo but I understand it. You see it in football, it’s just a passion that the fans have – or the dislike that some of them have of their opponents.”

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