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Hamilton’s responce to media… Is it just an overreaction?

It all started on Thursday, with Lewis Hamilton Snapchatting during the Drivers Press Conference, which has now progressed to a ‘cold war’ between the current World Championship and the press.

Some saw the actions Hamilton did during the Press Conference on Thursday as disrespectful, as it is a critical time for the press to talk to a select group of drivers before the weekend starts. Although the format is out of date and needs replacing, a bored Lewis Hamilton took to Snapchat to pass the time.

In front of a few assembled press, the British driver said:

“The other day was a super light-hearted thing and if I was disrespectful to any of you guys, or if you felt I was disrespectful, it was honestly not the¬†intention. It was just a little bit of fun.

“But what was more disrespectful was what was then written worldwide. Unfortunately, there are some people here, it’s not them that’s done it and unfortunately the decision I will take affects those who have been super supportive. That’s why I’m saying it’s with the utmost respect.

“I don’t really plan on sitting here many more times for these kind of things. My apologies, and I hope you guys enjoy the rest of the weekend.”

Maybe it was just an overreaction on both sides, with the old fashioned format not working. That however isn’t the fault of the driver of the assembled press, both are just doing their job. It is the process which is broken.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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