Lewis Hamilton to meet NFL star Tom Brady following Mercedes continued woes

Lewis Hamilton could take the opportunity to seek the advice of NFL icon Tom Brady with the pair set to meet next week following the Mercedes driver's continued woes at Imola.

The seven-time world champion suffered another weekend to forget at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with poor showings in qualifying at the Sprint followed by a forgetful race on Sunday – where he endured further embarrassment after being lapped by rival Max Verstappen.

That has seen Hamilton already concede that he's not in the fight for what would be a record-breaking eighth world title this season, with Mercedes unable to find the pace following the latest Formula One regulation changes and looking vastly inferior to their rivals.

Questions have been raised about Hamilton's inability to compete and whether this is the beginning of the end for one of motorsport's greatest drivers of all-time and he could seek inspiration from a man who has faced similar questions in the past.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be a guest of Mercedes' sponsors International Watch Company at the maiden Miami Grand Prix, which is the next race on the calendar, and will meet Hamilton ahead of the event.

Brady's ability to compete at the top was questioned following his departure from the New England Patriots and his move to the Buccaneers but he responded with a seventh Superbowl crown – more than anyone else in the history of the NFL.

The 44-year-old announced his retirement from the sport in February, saying he wasn't prepared to make the 'competitive commitment' required, but has since performed a u-turn and will represent the Buccaneers again in the upcoming season – which will be his 22nd in the NFL.

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Hamilton finds himself at similar crossroads in his career, with speculation that he could have retired following his defeat to Max Verstappen last season where he was pipped to the crown in dramatic and controversial circumstances in Abu Dhabi.

He could seek some advice from Brady, who has a history of meeting with sporting icons having met Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this year and previously rubbing shoulders with England captain Harry Kane.

Brady has attended Formula One events before, throwing a deep pass to Daniel Ricciardo, then at Red Bull, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018, while he congratulated Aston Martin for their return to the grid last year.

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