ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – 5 occasions Components One global champion Lewis Hamilton was once a no-show at an reliable information convention earlier than he was once because of acquire his trophy on Friday, together with his Mercedes crew announcing he felt ill.
FILE PHOTO: Components One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 25, 2018 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates successful the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
They mentioned the Briton, who was once in St Petersburg, was once attending the awards rite, on the other hand.
“I believe possibly he’s no longer coming to the clicking convention as a result of he’s bored to death with at all times the similar questions from the similar guys,” mentioned Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff when puzzled about his driving force’s absence.
“No, he’s no longer neatly. He’s attending the championship celebrations this night and that’s what issues,” added the Austrian.
Ferrari’s runner-up Sebastian Vettel and crew mate Kimi Raikkonen did attend.
Wolff mentioned Hamilton had slightly made a mistake on the right track this 12 months however was once nonetheless searching for techniques to strengthen, and had mentioned that at the airplane to Russia.
Mercedes are amassing the constructors’ championship trophy for the 5th 12 months in a row, a feat most effective in the past completed via Ferrari.
Below Components One’s wearing laws, the highest 3 drivers within the championship should attend the prize giving rite.
Hamilton has no longer hidden his dislike of awards ceremonies previously, whilst media commitments had been additionally scale back ultimate season.
After the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi in November, Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen joked that completing fourth general within the championship a minimum of intended he do not need to wait the awards rite.
“Fortunate you,” spoke back Hamilton, who has received 4 of the previous 5 championships with Mercedes and completed runner-up within the different.
In 2016, his then-world champion crew mate Nico Rosberg stunned Components One via the usage of the pre-awards information convention to announce his retirement from the game.
Writing via Alan 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley in London, further reporting via Dieter Rencken in St Petersburg, enhancing via Toby Davis