As he arrived at Silverstone for the British grand prix, the local hero defended his decision to be the only F1 driver to skip the promotional event.
Recalling a similar event in his native Holland, however, Max Verstappen said: “If I had tried to do that (stay away), I think they would have shot me!”
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne told La Derniere Heure: “I don’t understand why Lewis was not there.
“He is a triple world champion, he’s British, but I cannot imagine if such an event was organised in Belgium on the eve of our grand prix that I would not go.”
And Williams’ Felipe Massa said: “I think Lewis is the first to lose by not being there.”