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Why Lewis Hamilton’s younger brother Nicolas is the REAL champion – bravely battling cerebral palsy to become first disabled driver in British Touring Cars

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  • Nicolas Hamilton lives with the neurological condition cerebral palsy 
  • Will take part in five of the 10 British Touring Car championship rounds
  • His inclusion will make him first ever disabled driver to compete in series

He has long been a familiar face trackside on the Formula One circuit, sharing the triumphs and disappointments of his two times world champion brother.

But it seems the real star of the Hamilton family is Lewis’s lesser known sibling, Nicolas.

The 22-year-old, who has a form of cerebral palsy, will make his debut in the British Touring Car Championship in June – making him the first ever disabled driver to compete in the series.

Hamilton suffers from spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which affects the nerves and fibres controlling his legs, arms and hands, causing difficulty walking and pain. At times he needs a wheelchair.

But he is set to take part in five of the 10 rounds at Croft, Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and the final meeting of the championship at Brands Hatch.

‘Whilst I’m aiming to improve as a driver, I’m also hoping to inspire others to strive for their own personal goals, whatever their situation in life,’ said Hamilton.

‘Anyone can exceed expectations in one way or another and I hope to prove that when I race alongside, not just able-bodied drivers, but the best Touring Car drivers in the UK.’

Nicolas and his brother Lewis have a close relationship and both men were encouraged in their passion for the sport as children by their father, Anthony.

Nicolas was trackside for both his elder brother’s Formula One world championship triumphs in Brazil in 2008 and last year in Abu Dhabi.

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