For­mula One star Hamil­ton snaps pic, takes all ques­tions

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

As promised, Lewis Hamil­ton had his phone ready for a pic­ture. Only this time, he handed it off to Ro­main Gros­jean to do the hon­ors. Two weeks after crit­i­cism of his be­hav­ior dur­ing the driv­ers’ news con­fer­ence in Ja­pan sparked a feud with some me­dia, the Mercedes driver wel­comed all ques­tions at the U.S. Grand Prix with an eye to­ward pok­ing fun at his crit­ics. Driv­ers are rarely asked to at­tend yes­ter­day’s news con­fer­ence in con­sec­u­tive weeks. Hamil­ton served no­tice as soon he ar­rived that he would own the next 40 min­utes when he placed his phone on the desk in front of him. Hamil­ton had drawn sharp crit­i­cism in Ja­pan for tak­ing pic­tures and play­ing with Snapchat fil­ters dur­ing the news con­fer­ence. This time, he turned around to Gros­jean in the back row, handed him his phone and had the Haas F1 driver take a pic­ture of Hamil­ton and Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel with the packed room of re­porters and pho­tog­ra­phers be­hind them. Hamil­ton noted he waited un­til the ini­tial round of ques­tions reached ev­ery other driver, so as not to dis­re­spect any­one else. “It’s a good pic­ture. You’re all in it,” Hamil­ton said. Gros­jean laughed about play­ing Hamil­ton’s pho­tog­ra­pher. “I took a pic­ture with a brand I’m not al­lowed to touch be­cause I’m a Mi­crosoft am­bas­sador. I may get in trou­ble for that,” Gros­jean said Hamil­ton took the bulk of the ques­tions dur­ing the news con­fer­ence which ranged from his chances of catch­ing team­mate Nico Ros­berg for the sea­son cham­pi­onship - he trails by 33 points with four races left - to block­ing some re­porters from his so­cial me­dia ac­counts. Hamil­ton, who is very ac­tive on sev­eral so­cial me­dia plat­forms said, “I don’t ac­tu­ally man­age ev­ery part of my so­cial me­dia.” “I have a cou­ple of other peo­ple that do. My gen­eral ap­proach is, if you see some­thing, if you see some­one gen­er­ally talk­ing smack, then you kind of cut it,” Hamil­ton said. “I don’t re­ally know who has been blocked ... I think it’s a lot of peo­ple. It wasn’t just me­dia ... It was a block­ing spree.”

Haas driver Ro­main Gros­jean, takes a photo of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton (bot­tom left) and Fer­rari driver Se­bas­tian Vet­tel (bot­tom right), dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Photo: AP

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