Formula 1 pays tribute to Roger Federer on his retirement from tennis

Formula 1 pays tribute to Roger Federer on his retirement from tennis

Personalities and Formula 1 teams paid tribute to Roger Federer, who announced his retirement from tennis.

The 41-year-old Swiss is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a Wimbledon record eight, and was ranked No. 1 in the world for 310 weeks, including 237 consecutive between 2004 and 2008.

Federer has not played competitively due to injury since Wimbledon 2021 and will retire after the Laver Cup team competition in London from September 23-25.

In May, Federer attended the Spanish Grand Prix, where he posed for photos in the Mercedes garage with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and was also photographed with team principal Toto Wolff.

Tennis fan Russell, who attended Wimbledon this year on Day 10 of the Championships, was among the first to wish Federer well in his retirement.

mercedesmeanwhile, posted the same image in their tribute.

Fernando Alonso released Federer’s official statement and offered a simple “gracias” with a crying emoji.

The Spaniard is also a huge admirer of his compatriot and long-time rival of Federer, Rafael Nadal, whom he has called ‘the god of tennis’.

Nico Hulkenberg, who is heavily linked with a return to the Formula 1 grid in 2023 with Haas, posted an image of him standing with Federer which it would be safe to say was not taken in the recent past, at judging by the German. young look in the photo.

During this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, Federer spoke about his love for F1.

“I followed him a lot when I was younger and then obviously I went on tour and it’s so hard to follow everything on the road,” he told NOS.

“I remember going to the grand final when [Nico] Rosberg was facing Hamilton in 2016, I believe, in Abu Dhabi. But this is only the second time I’ve taken part in a Formula 1 race.

“It’s very exciting for me. I was in the [Mercedes] briefing room in fact as Lewis and George spoke to the team and told them all the details. It was amazing to see, so I was very lucky.

“I can’t tell you any secrets, I was like ‘what am I doing here? I’m not supposed to know all this information’ so I’m going to forget everything again!

“But it was just interesting to dive into another sport and that inspires and motivates me to come back.”

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