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Hamilton clarifies "slum" comments over home town

Stevenage Formula One world Champion Lewis Hamilton has posted an explanation of his "slum" comments made during Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year Awards on the BBC.

The 33-year-old finished second in the public vote behind Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and during a pre-vote interview he spoke about his background growing up in the Hertfordshire town.

He told presenter Gabby Logan: "It's been a really long journey, a dream for us all, as a family, to do something different, to get out of the slums.Well, we would say it's not the slums, but just come out from somewhere and do something. We all set our goals very high but we did it as a team."

Hamilton posted a video to his nearly nine million followers on Instagram to say he was "super proud" of his home town.

F1 star highlights problems of plastic pollution

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has posted a video of an impromptu beach clean up while on his summer holidays.

The Mercedes driver came across a cave full of plastic and polystyrene which he helped to clean up.

He posted a video of the effort on social media and urged his fans to avoid buying products made from plastics.

Lewis Hamilton agrees Mercedes contract extension

Lewis Hamilton has signed a new contract. Credit: PA

Stevenage star Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season.

It ends a long-running contract saga with a deal reported to be worth up to £40m a year to the four-time world champion.

It cements the 33-year-old's status as Britain's biggest sporting earner as well as the best-paid driver in Formula One history.

Hamilton told the Mercedes website the contract had been a "formality since Toto and I sat down during the winter".

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"I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now.

"We are on the same wavelength both on and off track - and I am looking forward to winning more in the future and shining even more light on the three-pointed star. I'm very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years."

– Lewis Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton slips to fourth in Hungarian Grand Prix

Hamilton had suffered with radio problems in the first part of the race Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of clinching the Championship title took a blow this afternoon.

The Stevenage driver finished fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix after he allowed his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pass him on the last corner and finish just ahead of him in third place.

Milton Keynes-based Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wasn't able to make it to the finish line.

He was knocked out of the race in the first lap following a collision with teammate Max Verstappen. The teenager suffered a ten second penalty and crossed the line in fifth position.

Vettel's victory moves him 14 points ahead of Hamilton in the championship.

Hamilton donates racing suit for charity auction

The Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was back in his home county of Hertfordshire at the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton donating one of his racing suits Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lewis Hamilton grew up in Stevenage, and he has now donated one of his racing suits to the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance which is the official charity of the Mercedes sponsors Epson.

The suit will be auctioned off next year, and should raise thousands of pounds for the charity

Stevenage: Lewis Hamilton beats favourite McIlroy to land BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Lewis Hamilton lifts the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton's has been voted as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The Formula One world champion was presented with the award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.

He beat golfer Rory McIlroy and runner Jo Pavey to the prize, claiming 34% of the votes.

Golfer Rory McIlroy was voted as runner-up. Credit: PA

“I am really, really taken aback. I am overwhelmed and feel so honoured.

When I was growing up in Stevenage, of course I wanted to be a racing driver and be the best in the world but I didn’t ever contemplate all the people who would support or follow me. I just wanted to be the best.”

– Lewis Hamilton, BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner

"A humbling experience" Lewis Hamilton talks about second World Championship title

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his second World Championship title Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has described becoming World Champion again as a "humbling" experience and "sweeter" than last time.

Hamilton, 29, won his second title in Abu Dhabi after finishing third to see off his nearest challenger, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

He also admitted he thought the new double points system might have seen him miss out on the title.

At a press conference this morning he thanked all the staff back at the factory in Brackley in Northamptonshire.

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