Wolff: Criticism of Lewis' London no-show an insult

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton following criticism of the Briton's no-show at Formula One London Live, labelling the media's subsequent coverage as an insult.

Hamilton faced a barrage of criticism in the wake of his decision to miss the F1 live event in London, instead opting to take a two-day break in Greece ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix. One-hundred thousand people attended the first demo in the UK's capital for over a decade, with all 10 F1 teams and 19 drivers from this year's grid taking part.

The three-time world champion -- who claimed his fifth pole position at Silverstone on Saturday -- was booed on occasions when his name was mentioned on stage during Wednesday's event in Trafalgar Square, while he faced a media backlash and was pressed to explain his absence in Thursday's drivers' press conference.

"He took a decision for his championship and the way he has been treated by certain media is wrong and not fair," Wolff told reporters after qualifying. "Before his home race at Silverstone and after rough weekends in Baku and Austria, to treat the local superstar in that way is absolutely against how l see things.


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