Lewis Hamilton Fires Back at His Fashion Critics

Published 10/09/2021, 4:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton has made quite a name for himself in the paddock for being the person to wear various unique styles of clothing when he isn’t in his team’s official suit. With the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix getting underway this weekend, the drivers arrived in the paddock on Thursday and Lewis Hamilton completely struck the ball out of the park with his eye-catching black and blue kilt and matching trousers. He also wore a matching Burberry Jacket over the kilt.

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His outfits have always created a stir among the F1 fans and have created divided opinions among everyone. Thursday was not any different. But Lewis said at the Istanbul Park Circuit that he is just showing to the world that he is comfortable wearing things that he liked and he wants to inspire more people to be comfortable about their likings.

Anyone can wear whatever they want. There will be people that don’t understand it, but that’s okay.”, said Hamilton. “Hopefully they’ll eventually go through the opening their mind phase and let people be who they want to be.”, he continued.

Hamilton has always taken an interest in the fashion world and also recently attended the Met Gala. He booked a table at the Met Gala for up-and-coming Black fashion designers. Lewis also attended the Fashion week in Paris.

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Lewis admitted that the fashion world is a completely different field, compared to Formula 1 “It’s a much different world naturally to F1,” he said.F1’s obviously not focused on that and it’s obviously very corporate. There is no fashion, actually, in F1.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

I love that environment where I’m able to be able to express myself. I now do that on the racetrack. And I feel free to be able to do so.”, he explained.

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Hamilton also explained that there was added value in being involved with fashion because it lets him switch off from the world of F1 and prevents him from burning out.

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Getting candid about the stress and intensity in F1, the Briton also talked about how fashion serves as an “outlet” for him. He said it helps him feel fresh every time he returns to a race track when he puts on a new outfit and arrives in style.

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While Lewis’ fashion has made him the talk of the town, everyone is still focused on the Championship fight between him and Verstappen. During the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, the fight is going to be the main spectacle for the fans. While Lewis is two points ahead of Verstappen in the table, he has received a 10-place grid penalty. Will he be able to recover his position or will Max have the last laugh? Only time will tell.

 

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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