LEWIS HAMILTON says he loves the UK – even when some Brits do not love him again.
The reigning F1 world champion has made no secret of his fondness for his house nation, even when he lives within the tax haven of Monaco.
Lewis Hamilton has opened up on how he misses the UKCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Brit wakes as much as this view from his flat in Monaco
Hamilton, 35, is a giant fan of the queen and in an Instagram put up joked that he’d love to maneuver into Buckingham Palace.
The Brit, who’s on the right track to win a record-equalling seventh F1 title subsequent week in Turkey, has not lived within the UK since 2007.
He wrote: “This yr I’ve missed England greater than any yr since I’ve lived overseas.
“I by no means miss the chilly or gray skies however the countryside, the timber, vehicles driving on the fitting facet of the street lol, the little villages I used to drive by means of and Buckingham Palace the place I’ve all the time needed to stay (kidding, that is a line from the film Cool Runnings).
“Anyway, I am so proud to face and characterize the British flag and I am so grateful to those that help me.
“The best honour an athlete will get is to face and carry the flag of their nation. I’ll proceed to take action for so long as I can.”
Hamilton is F1’s most profitable driver of all time with 93 wins, first moved to Switzerland before switching to Monaco.
It has led to accusations that he did so to keep away from paying tax. But even along with his shrewd enterprise arrange, he’s nonetheless within the high 5,000 of UK taxpayers.
And he continues to be crushed by the hate mob, not like Sir Jackie Stewart, who lives in Switzerland, or Jenson Button, who lived in Monaco earlier than transferring to the US.
Hamilton, who’s estimated to be price £224million, has yet to sign a new deal at Mercedes, believed to be price as much as £40m a yr.
In an interview with Motorsport Journal, Whitmarsh, who joined McLaren in 1989 and left in 2014, mentioned: “I’ve obtained many glad recollections of Jenson Button, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya, even Fernando [Alonso]. Extraordinary individuals in some ways.
“However the two who hover in my private expertise, which have had this aura of ‘incredibleness’, had been Ayrton Senna and Lewis.
“After I met Ayrton he had that already, however once I first met Lewis he did not.
“It has grown, and it is all his doing, his achievement. I used to be lucky to have been near the journey.
“I may by no means relate to Schumacher in the best way perhaps I ought to have achieved.
“He was all the time the foe, the soiled one making an attempt to cheat in opposition to my driver, so I am not balanced about Michael.
“Lewis is ruthless, however he needs to win in a genuinely trustworthy and honourable manner. I do not assume that mattered to Schumacher.
“You’ve got to admire individuals who keep a level of innocence and sincerity, like Lewis and Mika, who by no means pulled a grimy transfer.”