Hamilton finally gets a break

Date published: July 12 2011

Lewis Hamilton’s has finally taken a breather after a number of sponsorship and media commitments kept him too busy for his liking…

Lewis Hamilton’s has finally taken a breather after a number of sponsorship and media commitments kept him too busy for his liking.

The McLaren driver complained in the build-up to the British Grand Prix about the amount of PR work he has to do, warning that “when I re-sign the contract with McLaren they are going to be shocked at how many days they are not going to be able to make me do. I will be doing a lot less work”.

Hamilton, who claimed he only had “a day or two off” between the races in Valencia and Silverstone, will now be able to enjoy some peace and quiet.

“I was supposed to be working Monday and Tuesday and I said ‘no way’ because I have been in England for a week and quite busy here,” the former World Champion said. “Then I was supposed to be flying to India – in and out in a day – on Wednesday. Fortunately, that was cancelled.

“That’s good because I get to be in one place for a period of time to do some training and get my mind right for the next race.”

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh acknowledged that Hamilton probably had too many things on his plate.

“I think Lewis has done too much coming into this grand prix,” he said.

“The problem we have is that a lot of it is media work, and we are in a difficult situation because by all accounts we have not done enough.

“Lots of media feel we haven’t given enough time of Lewis, but I think we were too generous, that we gave a lot of media time.

“But having said that, we’ve managed to organise a bit of a break for him before Germany, which I know he wants. Then he has a big break after that in August as well.

“It’s one of those things. He is a world superstar and lots of people want lots of time with him.

“And yet we’re generally criticised for protecting him too much aren’t we?”