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TRIPLE For­mula One cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton (pix) has been called to ap­pear in to­day’s of­fi­cial US Grand Prix news con­fer­ence, two weeks af­ter the Mercedes driver crit­i­cised the ‘bor­ing’ for­mat and trig­gered a me­dia spat in Ja­pan.

Hamil­ton came un­der fire at Suzuka for play­ing on his tele­phone dur­ing the main news con­fer­ence there, us­ing the Snapchat app to take pic­tures of fel­low driv­ers and sound­ing gen­er­ally dis­in­ter­ested.

He then walked out of a team me­dia brief­ing af­ter Satur­day qual­i­fy­ing, hit­ting out at “dis­re­spect­ful” crit­i­cism of his be­hav­iour by jour­nal­ists and say­ing he was “not here to an­swer your ques­tions”.

The 31-year-old was up­set af­ter jour­nal­ists took to so­cial me­dia to crit­i­cise his be­hav­iour and he blocked some Bri­tish For­mula One re­porters on Twit­ter.

A me­dia sched­ule is­sued by Mercedes ahead of the race at the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas listed Hamil­ton in to­day’s con­fer­ence, which is or­gan­ised by the gov­ern­ing In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA).

For­mula One’s sport­ing reg­u­la­tions stip­u­late that driv­ers must at­tend or face fines if they do not do so.

Hamil­ton, who has a spon­sor event in Austin later to­day, will also be avail­able for broad­cast­ers af­ter Friday prac­tice and is sched­uled to talk to writ­ten me­dia af­ter Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing and Sun­day’s race.

Hamil­ton, who won his third ti­tle in Austin last year, fin­ished third in Suzuka and is now 33 points be­hind team­mate Nico Ros­berg in the world cham­pi­onship with four races re­main­ing.

The math­e­mat­ics are such that even if Hamil­ton wins ev­ery re­main­ing race, Ros­berg can still win his first cham­pi­onship by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in each race. – Reuters to im­prove the team’s per­for­mance. Clarke de­nied sin­gling out the all­rounder as a “can­cer” on the team, a claim made by Arthur in doc­u­ments con­nected to le­gal ac­tion over his sack­ing three years ago. But he ad­mit­ted say­ing Wat­son was one of a num­ber of play­ers who were “like a tu­mour, and if we don’t fix it, it’s go­ing to turn into a can­cer”. Wat­son, who has also re­tired from in­ter­na­tional cricket, said it was point­less re­open­ing old wounds. “For me I think it was more a re­flec­tion of the per­son he is more than what it was di­rected to­wards me,” Wat­son told Fox Sports late Tues­day. “In the end it is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing that things like that start to come out two or three years later on when we are all very con­tent in re­tire­ment.”

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