UN­POP­U­LAR DE­CI­SION

The Western Star - - Sports -

Bri­tain should be the one stop on the For­mula One cal­en­dar where Lewis Hamil­ton is guar­an­teed a warm wel­come.

Not this year.

The Bri­tish Grand Prix race week­end opened Thurs­day with an ir­ri­tated and fid­gety Hamil­ton hav­ing to field re­peated ques­tions about snub­bing his loyal home fans. In an ef­fort to swell the F1 au­di­ence, the new own­ers of the se­ries took over Trafal­gar Square in Lon­don to show­case the cars and the stars of the track on Wed­nes­day night. Of the sport’s 20 driv­ers, only one didn’t turn up. Hamil­ton in­stead opted for a two-day hol­i­day in Greece af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth in Sun­day’s Aus­trian Grand Prix. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Hamil­ton’s name was jeered when Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff tried to ex­plain the ab­sence of the three-time world cham­pion.

On Thurs­day, when he faced re­porters at Silverston­e, Hamil­ton said he hadn’t heard about the boo­ing.

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