LEWIS HAMILTON has slammed British Grand Prix chiefs for staging Sunday’s race at the same time as the Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals.
Britain’s F1 world champ fears his bid for a record SIXTH Silverstone triumph at the sold-out Northamptonshire circuit will be overshadowed by the other huge sporting events.
He fumed: “I don’t understand why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events.
“This is such a special weekend that it needs all the focus of the whole country, not just a small amount.
“People are going to be switching between channels, not sure what to watch.
“I hope in future they will put this race on its own.” Hamilton’s thrilling fight for pole last year was put in the shade by England’s heroics in the football World Cup.
And this will be the fifth time in the last eight years that the British Grand Prix has fallen on the same day as the Wimbledon men’s final.
A record crowd exceeding 140,000 is expected to pass through the gates on Sunday.
But Hamilton, 34, is baffled as to why he does not get the same level of British backing Nigel Mansell enjoyed during his racing career.
Silverstone was gripped by Mansell Mania in 1992 when he won the title with Williams.
Yet Brits are still divided on Hamilton, despite his winning an incredible FIVE world titles.
He said: “I guess the more time I spend here, I’ll have more opportunities to turn people’s opinions. But I’m grateful for what I have.
“The fact I can’t grow a moustache . . . it might be that!
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“He had good eyebrows as well. Maybe one weekend I’ll try sticking them on.
“But people have the right to choose who they support.
“All I can say is that I never in a million years thought I would have a single supporter besides my mum and my dad — so I feel really privileged even having one!”