Lewis Hamilton has defended his busy off-track schedule and his resolution to not dwell within the UK after some distasteful questioning.
The Briton is at all times the centre of consideration at Silverstone and is usually welcomed by his dwelling crowd, nonetheless, his critics additionally take the chance to deliver up some points of his character which can not sit so effectively with followers.
Predominantly talked about is his movie star life-style, which sees him attending trend occasions all world wide between races, which his former teammate Nico Rosberg claimed would distract him from his racing.
Nonetheless, Hamilton responded to that declare, pointing to the success he has had.
“I do have five world titles and they didn’t come on their own. My preparation comes first and I’ve felt fantastic all weekend,” he mentioned after lacking out on pole by 0.006s in qualifying.
“The pressure’s quite high here being a home Grand Prix. I prepare the best I can but I do what I want, I don’t do what you think I should do or anyone else thinks I should do, and that’s what has led me to five world titles.”
Then got here a extra sensationalist query from the Guardian newspaper which queried if Hamilton’s love/hate enchantment was linked to his resolution to dwell in Monaco and since “your accent maybe isn’t as British as others”.
“I don’t think I have an answer to that,” he mentioned considerably politely.
“It’s loopy as a result of each driver I watched rising up, I keep in mind watching Jenson Button, and all the children come by way of and everybody lives in Monaco and no one ever says something.
“Irrespective of how usually you go aboard or elsewhere on the earth you come again to the UK and see the gorgeous countryside, the historical past of Method 1 as a sport right here and I see all my household who’re additionally right here and this, in fact, feels the place my coronary heart is.
“I really feel totally British and likewise I nonetheless prefer to honour my household heritage… I do not know. Folks have a proper to their opinions however when you go searching there may be a whole lot of Staff LH caps, the help that I’ve had has been unimaginable and it has grown through the years.
“I go to all these races and wear the British flag proudly and there is no one else who has raised it so high. For most that might not be enough but I’ll keep looking to see what else I can do. For those that do follow me I really do appreciate their support.”