Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton has said he was just trying to show the fun side of F1 when he sprayed champagne in the face of a Chinese GP podium hostess last weekend.
The winning celebration captured in photographs that showed the woman flinching as the Mercedes driver aimed a stream of fizz at her, triggered criticism from critics in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media.
Recently the woman herself played down what happened in an interview with the Shanghai Daily newspaper and Hamilton said he was relieved to hear that.
“My actions are through excitement. This is Formula One, it’s the pinnacle of motorsport, I’d just won a grand prix for the team and… I usually see it as a fun thing. I would never intend to disrespect someone or try to embarrass someone like that.” Hamilton said during the Thursday press.
“So, yeah, I guess… I don’t really know the reasons why people are starting to bring those kind of things up but this is a sport that so many people love and the more we show character and fun, perhaps it reflects just how great this sport is.”
“That’s what I try to do. I don’t really know what to say about it. It hasn’t really affected me and it’s nice to know that the lady wrote in… if it had been the other way and she’d wrote in and she was really unhappy, then perhaps there would be more concern. He added