Lewis Hamilton: “I didn’t spray Putin!”

Russian President Putin leaves podium while Mercede's Hamiliron celebrates winning Russian F1 Grand Prix in Sochi

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner’s champagne after Sunday’s grand prix in Sochi.

“I actually didn’t. I didn’t actually spray him. I think there’s a weird picture but I didn’t spray him. I definitely don’t want anything (to happen),” the Mercedes driver told Sky Sports television on Monday with a smile.

Hamilton, who flew back home to Britain to join the team’s celebrations after they won their second successive constructors’ championship in Russia, has got into trouble previously for his champagne-spraying antics on the podium.

He was criticized and accused of sexist bullying in April for aiming a spray of champagne directly in the face of a Chinese Grand Prix hostess in Shanghai.

That incident, highlighted in photographs that showed the woman flinching, triggered condemnation in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media but the hostess herself played it down.

Putin presented Hamilton with the winner’s trophy on Sunday, with the Briton starting the traditional champagne spraying ritual before the president had left the podium.

Photographs appeared to show dark flecks of champagne foam on the back of Putin’s jacket as he departed.

Some media reports subsequently suggested Hamilton, who is now on the brink of a third drivers’ title, had ‘soaked’ the Russian leader, leading to jokes on social media about what punishment the driver might suffer.

Mercedes AMG Petronas win F1 Constructors’ Championship 2015

After a very tense Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has now won the World Constructors’ Championship for the second year in a row. Unfortunately Nico Rosberg retired from yesterday’s race which put the pressure on Lewis Hamilton to finish ahead of the Ferrari duo. Lewis held on to the lead of the race winning it by some margin, however the finishing positions of the Ferraris meant Mercedes F1 missed out on sealing the Championship in Russia. However, in a strange twist of fate, Kimi Raikkonen crashed into Valtteri Bottas in the last moments of the Grand Prix which later earned him a 30 second time penalty which then meant Mercedes AMG Petronas were champions once more! #wonmoretime

Carlos Sainz’ Manager: “He is OK!”

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Red flag in Sochi after Carlos Sainz crash

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F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton visits Moscow with Lena Perminova

Ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, Lewis Hamilton visits the capital city of Moscow, Russia, with HUGO BOSS. Watch as model Lena Perminova shows Lewis the sights of Moscow.

Ice, Ice, Baby! F1 meets Ice Hockey in Russia

Daniil Kvyat gets his skates on as we keep things cool in Sochi ahead of the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.

Dany’s childhood dreams might have mainly revolved around kart circuits and catching whatever glimpses he could of Formula One racing on TV, but as with any self-respecting Russian kid, ice hockey loomed large in the background for the youngster from Ufa.

He gave it a go ahead of his home Grand Prix and we were there to catch it on camera… enjoy!

Felipe Massa quickest in wet FP2 in Sochi

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Nico & Nico quickest in FP1 in slippery Sochi

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The Russian Grand Prix is on (and it’s Alonso’s 250th!)

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Official hashtag:

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Lewis Hamilton just presented his new helmet on Snapchat

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