British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton has stood by his decision not to attend the Formula One Live event in London.
On the run-up to the British Grand Prix weekend, Formula One fans in London were treated to a live promotional event organised by owners Liberty Media.
The Mercedes driver faced a backlash from fans on social media after he was the only current Formula One driver to not attend the inaugural Formula One live event.
Speaking at the drivers’ press conference on Thursday, Hamilton was asked about why he was the only driver not to attend.
“I don’t know why I was the only one, everybody had the right to make the decision for themselves,” said Hamilton.
“For me, I thought that because it’s been a pretty intense season so far, I felt for me it was better to prepare for this weekend.
“The fight for the championship is the most important thing.
Hamilton was then asked whether a day with the fans in London would’ve provided an extra boost ahead of the race weekend.
“I’m trying to prepare the best way that I can and other people will have different ways of doing so,” Hamilton responded. “I love this Grand Prix, I love this race and I don’t feel that yesterday plays any kind of role in how great this weekend is for me.
“Every season for the last ten years has been incredible, and it’s been growing every year. You get people who have saved up so much every year to go to this Grand Prix and I think you will have seen over the years how much I appreciate and respect that and try to enjoy a weekend with the fans.”