Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Lewis Hamilton defends absence from London F1 event

Lewis Hamilton defends absence from London F1 event

As expected, Lewis Hamilton was the centre of attention at today's press conference, as the media sought the driver's explanation of why he missed the first significant promotion of the sport under its new ownership, especially as the celebration was on the streets of the capital of his homeland.

Hamilton heads into the British Grand Prix with a 20-point deficit to F1 world championship leader Sebastian Vettel after losing further ground in Austria after battling back from his grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. That's not something you potentially report on, but that's something that is very important to me and that's where I feel I like to put my energy mostly.

The 2017 British Grand Prix takes place this weekend.

Underling the importance of his preparation for his all-important home race, Hamilton was asked if a round-trip to Greece, where he partied, was better preparation than staying in the UK.

"It is certainly our plan as long as we're running formula one to have a race in the United Kingdom", said F1 CEO Chase Carey.

"I think I have a great vehicle, the guys in the factory are doing a great job and I will keep pushing at every race for the best result possible". "The fans mean everything".

Hamilton says he hasn't kept up with the events in London and feels his time was better spent stepping away from the spotlight with a holiday in order to recover and prepare for the British Grand Prix as he hunts a fifth victory at Silverstone.

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"They asked all the drivers to attend and I immediately said "yeah", said Bottas, who is third in the drivers' championship. I think I do try to connect with the fans.

"I don't understand what they are doing", one insider said. "Valtteri is utterly, utterly calm at all points", said Allison in the celebrations after watching Bottas take the chequered flag at the end of the Austrian Grand Prix.

But that is only the personal level of the background to what this year has developed into a fascinating duel between two great teams - the well-heeled, well-paid and stylish Italians from Ferrari, and the more pragmatic and modern Mercedes, champions of the last three years.

"Ultimately we have decisions to make and we have to stand firm with those decisions and feel proud of the decisions we make".

Khan is keen to see London remain one of the great sporting city's and insists he would be happy to listen to any potential plans.

London's road sweepers were hard at it the morning after the night before, when Formula One's finest ditched the rulebook by performing for fun in front of thousands of fans.

"Lewis is doing the job in a pretty ideal way right now and, if he keeps doing that, the results will follow", he said.

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