British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton has taken to social media to address his comments after the race at Silverstone.
Hamilton was tapped into a spin by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the British GP at Silverstone on Sunday, resulting in the Mercedes driver having to fight his way back to the front from last position. Finishing P2 to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, he made a comment on the podium regarding what he branded Ferrari’s “interesting tactics”, while team boss Toto Wolff said that Mercedes would have to decide whether Ferrari were being “deliberate or incompetent”.
There has been quite a lot of backlash regarding the comments since Sunday, with fans taking to social media to complain about what they have branded a ‘sore loser’ mentality.
Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram on Monday night to address his comments: “Thank you for loving me for being me with all my flaws. I know I’m not perfect. Accepting who you are and loving yourself are so important. Go be great today and be you and give zero f**ks to what anybody thinks. #TeamLH”
With Kimi Raikkonen immediately holding his hands up after the race and admitting fault for the clash, Hamilton said:
“Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. It was a racing incdient and nothing more. Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it.”
“I’m so disappointed in myself after yesterday’s race when I left you all with the perception of a sore loser as I honestly don’t feel I am and worst most of all, allowed you many the opportunity to s**t on me, lay false claims to my name of which my family and I have worked so hard for. But you know what, it’s OK. I can accept that I deserve it mostly and will try to do better and be better. #StillIRise”
Ferrari responded with a simple message on Twitter, saying that they “appreciated” Hamilton’s comments.
We appreciate @LewisHamilton’s comments today following #Kimi7’s apologies after the #BritishGP, notably when Lewis described the episode at the start as a ‘racing incident’. pic.twitter.com/b1rEKCnrWY
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 9, 2018