Triple time F1 world champion, the Brit Lewis Hamilton will be absent from F1 live parade through London following announcing he is taking a two-day break on the eve of this year’s British Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s individual decision again raises questions of whether some underlying tension between star driver and team is at the root of his non-appearance.
On the day Silverstone confirmed they were pulling out of their contract to host the British Grand Prix from 2019, Hamilton posted a tweet saying: ‘To my loving fans, I can’t wait to see you at Silverstone. Until then, I’m away on a two-day break. God bless you all. Love, Lewis.’
Contacted by the respected source “Press Association Sport” as to why Hamilton would be absent from tomorrow’s London event, a Mercedes spokesperson said: “As Lewis posted on social media, he is on a short break until Silverstone.”
Liberty Media, Formula One’s new American owners, who have worked for a number of months on the London demo – the first of its sort in the capital in more than a decade – were unavailable for comment on Tuesday night.
But it is understood they are disappointed and surprised that Hamilton will not feature, and that no real reason was offered by either the Briton’s personal team, or indeed Mercedes, to explain his absence.
Hamilton’s former rival and defending champion Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button – the 2009 world champion – and Vettel are all set to take part in the event which will see cars run along Whitehall from Trafalgar Square on Wednesday evening.