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Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One driver, was unrecognisable after he disguised himself in an elaborate latex mask to prank schoolchildren during a visit to the F1 Mercedes HQ.
Students mistook the 36-year-old for an elderly Mercedes employee due to his grey beard and wrinkles.
The three primary school pupils – all aspiring engineers were on a visit to the F1 Mercedes HQ in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
Pointing to his car, he said: ‘This Lewis’s car. Nobody touches this car.’
Then the seven-time world champion pulled off his disguise to the shock and delight of the pupils, and told them: ‘Well, you know, the reason I’m allowed to touch that is because I’m Lewis.’
The racing superstar sat down with the children afterwards and stressed the importance of a positive mental attitude.
He told them: ‘Education, I know, is key for every child’.
‘There are a lot of youngsters who don’t realise that being an engineer, for example, is an avenue that they can go down,’ he added.