Between the lines at the US Grand Prix

The F1’s official FIA Press Conferences are the traditional home of ‘for sure’, ‘the team’s done an amazing job’ and ‘we’re investigating that’, but what lies behind the platitudes? F1i reckons it has the answer…

Thursday 22 October 2015 – Drivers’ Press Conference United States

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - United States Grand Prix - Preparation Day - Austin, USA

Lewis Hamilton 

The Question: You spend a lot of time in this country, as we can see from your regular social media output? Why do you like the US so much?

What Lewis said: Well, I like travelling everywhere in the world, so it’s not just the US, but I have a lot of friends out here. There’s a lot to do. America has a lot to offer, in such a big space. I do a lot of my music out here, so this is kind of the central hub for music, so that’s probably why I spend more time here than usual.

What he might have meant to say: Being from the wrong side of the tracks, from the Stevenage ’hood, I naturally feel more connected to my homies from the ‘hoods here, you know, I’m talking about the mean streets of places like Bel-Air and Beverly Park in LA and the Upper East Side and Cobble Hill in New York and of course in my adopted home in Colorado, which gets a little bit chilly in the winter I can tell you…. Brrrrrr.

Of course America is also the home of music. As you all know, I like to do a bit of music, so I thought it would be good to spend some time here. After all, if the mighty Kanye West can become a huge star in the US on the back of the massive talent he displayed at Glastonbury last year then I feel I can have equally great musical success in the US. After all, I think I have a similar gift.