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.