After the Italian GP yesterday, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has apologised for not removing his hat during the minute’s silence for IndyCar’s Justin Wilson ahead of the race yesterday, putting it down to a genuine misunderstanding.
Before the drivers’ parade at Monza yesterday; the F1 grid lined up on the truck to observe a tribute to former Minardi and Jaguar driver Wilson, who died after being struck by flying debris from another car during an IndyCar race last month. Of all 20 drivers, Hamilton was the only man not to remove his hat, leading to criticism of the world champion on social media before and during the race.
While he waited for the stewards to uphold his victory at the event yesterday, Hamilton took to Twitter to defend himself, saying he thought the drivers were lining up for a photo rather than a minute’s silence for Wilson. He said he was under the impression the tribute would take place on the grid after the national anthem, which is when the minute’s silence for Jules Bianchi had taken place before the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.
Here are Hamilton’s tweets and his explanation as follows:-
However before the race, Hamilton did pay tribute to Wilson and stated that he was thinking of his friends and family as well as follows via this tweet:-