UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, “A week is a long time in politics”. Well a day in Formula One came be a lifetime.
Following universal support from Fleet Street and acclaim for his win and tactics at the Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s behaviour is once again under the microscope.
Hamilton’s repeatedly sprayed champagne in the face of a young Chinese ‘hostess’ on the podium and has now been criticised by ‘Object’ – a group who campaign against sexism.
The chief executive of Oject says, “The photographs appear to show that the woman is not just being splashed, but that the champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look like a voluntary piece of horseplay on her part.
“If this if the case we think Lewis Hamilton should apologise for his actions and think carefully about how he behaves in the future. For most people, it would be apparent that she is not enjoying it.
“It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it. That is something of which he should be aware. But instead, he appears to have abused her position.
“It’s unfortunate that a great victory has been marred by what appears to be selfish and inconsiderate behaviour”.
Recently the WEC have done away with grid girls and podium hostesses, and the matter inevitably will rear its head in Formula One.
Meanwhile the behaviour of F1’s Mr. Marmite is at the sharp end of the news once again and a social media storm
— Elmer Olson (@ElmerOlson) April 13, 2015
— Caroline (@chopdoll24) April 14, 2015
Lewis Hamilton. What a gold-plated arse pic.twitter.com/U87FIUAEs6
— Camilla Long (@camillalong) April 13, 2015
"The spraying champagne in her face was done with respect and care." – Lewis Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/ZlJLixxOcs
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) April 14, 2015
http://t.co/so4EZEqIFG Wouldn't it be sexist NOT to spray the women? They spray all the men
— Emily Toprak (@EmilyToprak) April 14, 2015