Lewis Hamilton defends controversial no-show at F1 London event

• Briton takes short break in Greece to prepare for home GP
• ‘The goal is to win the British Grand Prix,’ says Mercedes driver

Lewis Hamilton remains defiant about his decision not to attend the Formula One event held in London as a precursor to Sunday’s British Grand Prix. He was the only one of the 20 drivers not to take part, instead opting to take a two-day holiday in Greece as the best way to prepare.

When Hamilton’s name was announced at the F1 show in Trafalgar Square attended by 100,000 fans and organised by the sport’s new owners, the Formula One Group, it was booed. His rationale for being absent has been questioned, especially given his oft-repeated desire to connect with his fans, but he is insistent he made the right decision.

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