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.

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!

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

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