"I met Lewis in November, 2007," Will.i.am told F1 Briefings.
"We were doing the MTV music awards and me and Nicole Scherzinger were in the VIP section, and a dear friend of mine did the after party. And he comes up to me and he's like, 'Hey, there's this F1 driver that wants to meet you and Nicole'. The guy that introduced me to Lewis is a guy by the name of Toby.
"And so at that point in time, I introduced Lewis to Nicole. And through Nicole, I became friends with Lewis. And when I met him, I'm like, 'Wait, there's black F1 racers?' And they're like, 'Yo, this guy is an amazing driver. He's going to win it. He's going to change the game.'
"It's 2007 and, boy did he. It's kind of not fair that he's that good and he sings amazingly. Seriously, I've been in the studio with Lewis, he's an amazing singer. Like, amazing. How can someone be so talented?
"That's really annoying and he's the kind of cat, if he comes on stage with you, he's probably going to out-vocal you. If you introduce him to your girlfriend, she's going to think he's hot. If you're in a car, he's going to out race you. You feel what I'm saying? Not fair, bro. Like, come on, suck at something."
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