Hamilton apologises for insulting home town
Lewis Hamilton has issued a statement for calling his hometown a slum in an interview at Sports Personality of the Year. The former F1 driver told Stevenage fans not to take his comments seriously after he sparked outrage from Stevenage Council’s leader as well as other former residents of the town.
Hamilton spoke about his childhood during the interview telling host Gabby Logan he had been keen to get out of the ‘slums’.
Today. He posted a video on Instagram issuing somewhat of an apology saying he chose the wrong words. He also told critics they needed to move on from the remark, suggesting it was a ‘negative energy’.
In his video Hamilton said:
“Good day, people, I hope you’re all well wherever you are, I’m sending you positive energy.
“I wanted to take a second to send a message back to people in the UK but also to people Stevenage, where I grew up and somewhere I am incredibly proud of coming from and still love to this day.
“Please if you have any feelings about a mistake that I made on stage, don’t bother with it, throw it to the side, it’s negative energy that you don’t need to hold.
“I’m super proud of where I come from and I hope you know that I represent in the best way I can always.
“Nobody’s perfect and I definitely make mistakes quite often.
“Particularly when you are up in front of a crowd, trying to find the right words to express the long journey you’ve had in life, I chose the wrong words.
“I didn’t mean anything by it and those of you that know me know I always mean love.”
On the Sunday night award shows, the Mercedes driver said: “It’s been a really long journey, a dream for us all, as a family, to do something different, to get out of the slums.
“Well, we would say it’s not the slums, but just come out from somewhere and do something. We all set our goals very high but we did it as a team.”