Earlier this week it had been reported on a variety of websites that Lewis Hamilton had purchased himself a very special number plate for his car. The rumoured sequence of letters and numbers had been LEW 1S, obviously spelling out his forename in number-plate language. Many top websites had reported the story – news has been a bit thin this week – including, according to Pitpass, ITV-F1. However, Hamilton has dismissed the story, claiming he had not heard of anything of this story until he was asked about it in the Magny Cours paddock this afternoon.
I’m not stupid enough to spend a couple of hundred grand on a bloody number plate. I wouldn’t spend a hundred pounds on a number plate. A number plate’s a number plate. It doesn’t mean nothing to me. I just heard about it today. It was the first I’d heard about it. Lewis Hamilton.
The plate is said to have cost the McLaren driver €250,000, or according to Paddock Talk, $400,000 (roughly the same amount). Pitpass have, as Pitpass do best, taken the lighter side of the story and had a subtle dig at ITV-F1 at the same time. This story comes as interest in the British pilot rises once again, Hamilton having had a poor Canadian Grand Prix result and will face a grid-slot penalty as a result in France.
However, as James Allen from ITV likes to compare his boy to the great Ayrton Senna so much, I’m sure starting from eleventh won’t be too much of a hassle for the chap!