Hamilton feeling heat after snubbing event before British GP

Hamilton feeling heat after snubbing event before British GP

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Though the event was several months in the making, it was kept secret by organisers and media until two days beforehand due to concerns over logistics and security following recent terrorist attacks in London.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, cracks in the Mercedes driver's armor are beginning to show.

Skipping the event "proved a public-relations nightmare", says Oliver Brown of the Daily Telegraph, which claims Hamilton flew a group of friends to Mykonos on a private jet for a mini-break instead.

Lewis Hamilton this afternoon found himself having to deal with the backlash generated by his absence from Liberty Media's London Live event on the streets of the capital city on Wednesday. He won the SW19 title a year ago for a second time, ended the season as the number one player in the world, and was awarded a knighthood.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the title battle, and the other major talking points ahead of the ninth round of the campaign.

There were jeers when his name was mentioned on stage but cheers for Sebastian Vettel, his rival for the world championship, who might have feared an icy welcome after his foolish decision to drive into Hamilton deliberately at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas followed up his victory in Austria last weekend as he fended off team-mate Lewis Hamilton to emerge as the fastest driver in the opening practice session of this weekend's British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on Friday. The season is the most important thing for me.

Frenchman Vasseur parted company with Renault after just one lacklustre season, but has been deemed as the right person to turn Sauber's fortunes around.

Meanwhile, Hamilton does not believe his London no-show will affect his relationship with the British fans: "I've received incredible love from the fans every time I've turned up here for the last 10 years".

Hamilton didn't apologise for missing the event, but was calm and collected as he insisted he did not regret his decision.

"I had the opportunity, said the young driver from 18, of the browse there are a few months behind the wheel of a auto 2014 from our stable, as well as the edge of a F3 in 2015".

"I'm really looking forward to racing in front of the home crowd, " he commented. Since then, however, he has shown great consistency, only missing out on the podium when the vehicle let him down in Spain, or when Red Bull was able to use both of its drivers to strategically outmaneuver Mercedes in Monaco, where Hamilton struggled. I don't know. I think the love that I get when I go to the British Grand Prix is huge and when I've won Sports Personality of the Year in the past people have called in, so I've obviously had a lot of support.

BRDC triggered a break clause in their contract that throws the future of the country's race into doubt after 2019.

"He wouldn't be as successful as he is if he couldn't feel the pain as much as he does when he has a bad day", said Wolff. "I told Toto and the team and they were very understanding and respectful".

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