Lewis Hamilton conjured images of comfortable Sunday afternoons with the grandparents ahead of the Belgium Grand Prix this weekend, albeit unintentionally.
The fashion-conscious Formula One ace bore a striking resemblance to a knitted tea cosy courtesy of his designer balaclava as he surveyed the track at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Decorated with a distinctive daisy pattern, the pink headgear – through which only Lewis’ eyes and nose were visible – inevitably caught the eye during his brief outing on Saturday.
Don’t mind me: Lewis Hamilton conjured images of comfortable Sunday afternoons with the grandparents ahead of the Belgium Grand Prix this weekend, albeit unintentionally
He added to his look with a colour coordinated ensemble, this time opting for a thick purple cardigan, long sleeved top and generously cut cargo pants.
Rounding off the garish look, Lewis sported a pair of rather outlandish white trainers with deep, oversized soles as he prepared for a practice run.
Speechless fans were quick to voice their opinions on social media, with one commenting: ‘It’s like his nan knitted it specifically for this event so he had to promise to wear it.’
A second added: ‘I’m pretty sure he could afford help with the wardrobe.’
While a third wrote: ‘Fashion is… an interesting industry.’
However, one impressed fan gave the unusual look a thumbs up, writing: ‘This one looks cute.’
Striking: The fashion-conscious Formula One ace bore a resemblance to a knitted tea cosy courtesy of his designer balaclava as he surveyed the track at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Separated at birth: Lewis Hamilton in Belgium on Saturday (L) and a knitted tea cosy (R)
Opening the floodgates: Speechless fans were quick to voice their opinions on social media
Here we go again: The following day he continued his trend for bright outfits by wearing bright red cameo trousers with a matching T-shirt and cardigan.
The following day he continued his trend for bright outfits by wearing bright red cameo trousers with a matching T-shirt and cardigan.
But only hours later Lewis was forced to retire from from the Belgian Grand Prix on the first lap following a collision with Fernando Alonso – with the Spaniard suggesting his former team-mate can only race at the front of the grid.
He was launched airborne after he duelled for second place with Alonso at Les Combes.
The seven-time world champion attempted to solider on, but was told to stop by his Mercedes team following damage sustained in the accident.
Lewis, who started one place behind Alonso in fourth, moved to the outside of his former McLaren team-mate under braking for the right-hander.
Eye catching: The Formula One star rocked bright cameo trousers as he arrived at the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Stavelot, Belgium
Getting the message: Fashion conscious Lewis even coordinated his phone case to the look
But Alonso’s front-left tyre made contact with Hamilton’s right-rear, with the Spaniard taking aim at Hamilton over the radio.
‘What an idiot!’ he shouted. ‘Closing the door from the outside. I mean, we have a mega start, but this guy only knows how to drive when starting first.’
The incident was noted by the stewards but they decided against taking any further action.
Following a separate accident between Nicholas Latifi and Valtteri Bottas, the safety car was sent out for three laps.
When racing resumed, world champion Max Verstappen, who started 14th following engine penalties, was on the move.
By the end of lap eight of 44, he was already up to third place, with Carlos Sainz leading and Sergio Perez second. George Russell was fourth.
Coordinated: He accessorised with a number of beaded bracelets as well as a silver necklace
Fans: The driver relaxed ahead of the race while greeting fans and signing autographs