Lewis Hamilton defends absence from London F1 event

Lewis Hamilton defends absence from London F1 event

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Lewis Hamilton has explained why he skipped F1’s London street demonstration, saying he took a break to ensure he is “best prepared” for this weekend’s British GP amid an “intense” battle for 2017’s world title.

Hamilton was criticised by media and fans for not attending the street demonstration on Wednesday evening when all of the grid’s other 19 drivers, including Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, were present in central London.

On the back of a Austrian GP in which he lost more ground to Vettel in the chase for the Drivers’ Championship, Hamilton flew to Greece with friends for a two-day holiday before heading to Silverstone on Thursday.

And, faced with an inevitable barrage of questions surrounding his absence from F1’s London event, he made clear his priority was ensuring he is in top form for the championship battle – while reiterating his “love” of the British fans.

“Firstly I heard that it was an amazing event and I take my hat off to the organisers who did such a great job. I love the British fans, I’ve made no secret of that for many, many years, and hopefully the real fans know when they come here hopefully they’ve seen I’ve shown that every year.

“Being as it’s such an intense championship I’m really trying to do the right thing to get myself in the best position to be here and perform in the way I have.”

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