|Lewis Hamilton will head into his home race at Silverstone amid a cloud of local booing.At F1’s London demonstration event on Wednesday, the Mercedes driver’s countrymen booed at the mention of his name.|
That was because Hamilton was the only active F1 driver missing at the event.
“We invited teams and drivers to join us and had a fantastic response from all the teams and 19 drivers,” the sport’s clearly disgruntled owner Liberty Media declared.
Earlier, Hamilton had said he would miss the event in favour of a holiday.
“As Lewis posted on social media, he is on a short break until Silverstone,” a Mercedes spokesperson said.
Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel said in London: “I don’t know why he’s not here.”
F1 correspondent for the Daily Mail, Jonathan McEvoy, said: “Why Hamilton would stay away is almost beyond understanding.”
Hamilton’s boss Toto Wolff said in London: “Lewis feels he is in such a tough championship fight that he needed the days off after Austria.”