Perhaps a rather embarrassing gaffe by one of the biggest sponsors of Red Bull Racing, Puma. A principal sponsor of the Red Bull team, who is also a supplier of Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team’s clothing, has been seen displaying a poster in Prague of Hamilton, declaring him as 8 times Formula 1 champion.
The image shows the 37-year-old British driver smiling, wearing the black Mercedes 2021 suit and holding up his thumb. On the bottom left is the Stuttgart logo and on the right the words: ‘Lewis Hamilton, eight-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion’. The advertising gaffe did not go unnoticed by many passers-by, who consequently lashed out on social media against Puma, the Red Bull main sponsor, and its glaring oversight.
But there are also those who see it differently:
‘That’s the spirit,’ writes a girl, ‘Lewis is eight times world champion driver. We all know who and how he won in Abu Dhabi. We will never forget that night’.
📌 Taken at a Puma store in Prague 👀 they're stating the facts 😌
[via Reddit u/Xmine36] pic.twitter.com/bueWkdmpJH
— Sir Lewis Hamilton Updates (@SirLewisUpdates) June 3, 2022
Another Twitter user laughs it off saying:
‘I’ve always liked Puma, it’s June and things like this are still happening: they must drive Red Bull crazy’.
Mixed comments, however, cannot change the reality of things. Lewis remains stuck at seven and is unlikely to fight for the title this year, given the superiority of his team mate George Russell, Ferrari and Red Bull over the W13 Mercedes.
For the fight for an eighth title, and to make the sponsor’s poster still valid, we will have to wait until 2023, if he stays in Formula 1.
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