Brit was the only current driver to skip the Trafalgar Square event and went on holiday instead
SIR JACKIE STEWART has questioned Mercedes’s ability to control renegade racer Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton inexplicably skipped a glitzy F1 showcase event in London on Wednesday and went on holiday instead.
The Brit, who ironically gave an interview prior to skipping the show when he claimed that fans underestimated his love for the UK, was the only current F1 driver to miss out and went to the Greek party Island of Mykonos.
Hamilton told Mercedes of his decision to skip the show just FIVE days before the event, despite learning that F1 bosses were planning the PR stunt back in May.
And now Stewart, who won the F1 world crown three times, has questioned why Mercedes allowed him to sit it out in the first place.
He said: “It is the team’s responsibility to have him there. Lewis would have been bigger, but Nico Rosberg was there and the fans loved it.
“It is the only British Grand Prix of the year and it is the biggest grand prix of the year when it comes to the public attendance.
“It was a shame because he is the most popular driver in Formula One right now. It was in front of his home crowd and not at a race track but at Trafalgar Square.
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“I know he was taking a few days off, but I think there really are things that you must do for the public.
“I know he has an internet profile that is well serviced but for him to show up there would have been a great success.
“Sometimes you have to do the meet and greet, things like that. Lewis is a British world champion and he is going to be winning more titles.
“I don’t want to be negative about it, but it would have been great to be there.
“The fans gave me a wonderful reception and it was not yesterday I was driving but the fact I was there still brings the Jackie Stewart factor and I am 78!”
Hamilton kicked off this weekend’s British Grand Prix as runner up to his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn, who is just 15 points behind Hamilton the title race, topped both practice sessions at Silverstone on Friday.
However, Hamilton, who was second on the time sheets on both occasions, is confident of having a solid weekend, where he has won four times.
He said: “It has been a really good start to the weekend and it’s great to be back here at Silverstone. The track is absolutely incredible with these new cars.
“It was already one of the very best circuits in the world, but with this car and the speed we are able to carry through the corners, it’s just phenomenal, it’s like the greatest rollercoaster ride ever.
“We worked through all the sessions, fine-tuning the balance and I think we’re in a good position at this early stage of the weekend.”
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