Lewis Hamilton has revealed he questioned the instantaneous tributes to Queen Elizabeth II following her passing on Thursday afternoon. The seven-time F1 world champion penned a heartfelt tribute of his own on Friday and admitted his delay was because he needed time to “process” the news.
Famous faces from across the sporting world took to social media en masse to pay their respect to Her Majesty who passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday, hours after it was confirmed she had been placed under medical supervision at her Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle. Various figures from within F1 were among those sending their condolences to the Royal Family following the news, however Hamilton was a notable exception.
The Brit has now explained his reasoning for opting to post his own personal tribute the following day, clarifying that he required time to “process” the news, while questioning the rushed responses of others. Following Saturday’s qualifying at Monza, Hamilton said: “How has everyone had time to [process this]? I wanted to take some time to think about it and I was looking at all of these amazing images of her. She was so stylish.”
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Hamilton, who met the Queen on numerous occasions, wrote: “How do you find the words to describe the loss of Her Majesty The Queen? She was truly an iconic leader, an inspiration and a reassuring presence for most, if not all, of our lives.
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