LEWIS HAMILTON faces a backlash after calling Stevenage a “slum” at the Sports Personality of the Year 2018 Awards on Sunday night.
The racing driver quickly came under fire from fans and residents of Stevenage, who took to Twitter to blast the comments.
“Lewis Hamilton said Stevenage is a slum — unbelievable, but then I suppose it is compared to Monaco!” another exclaimed, while a third added: “Lewis Hamilton thinks our shared hometown #Stevenage is a slum. He has a point. The only things we had growing up were housing, education, health services, open spaces, job opportunities and fast transport links to London .”
“Lewis Hamilton describing Stevenage as a slum. What an absolute toolbar,” another social media complained, as one tweeted: “What makes me sad is that he’s in a position to be an inspiration to the people that live here. But instead he chooses to run #Stevenage down. His arrogance is more of a blight to this town than anything else.”
Meanwhile, councillor Sharon Taylor of Stevenage Borough, told the BBC: “It is disappointing that Lewis Hamilton referred to Stevenage as ‘the slums’ at such a high-profile event.
“He clearly realised what he had said and tried to correct it but sadly the people of our town, many of whom admire and support him, felt offended.”
Lewis Hamilton Sports Personality of the Year: F1 star enraged fans with a comment about Stevenage (Image: WENN • PA)
She also posted in view of her 3,400 Twitter followers: “Disappointing that @lewisHamilton chose to use this event to make negative comments about his home won't. Nowhere is perfect but we’ll go high and say we are #ProudofStevenage.”
English para-badminton star Gobi Ranganathan replied: “I for one am proud to fly the flag for #Stevenage.