Lewis Hamilton’s fans aren’t happy with him.
The Formula One ace recently told to his 20 million Instagram followers that he would be cutting his carbon footprint by buying a yet-to-be-released electric Mercedes EQS.
This despite the fact he makes a living off racing gas-guzzling F1 cars, flies around the world in his own private jets and owns a fleet of 12 supercars, including his McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
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Recently I’ve been making many changes in my life to reduce my impact on the environment. The first step in this journey was to understand my personal impact on the planet so I could make changes to improve it. Since then, I have offset my carbon footprint from my Formula 1 career dating back to 2007, I have reduced travel where possible, I have gone plant-based and outside of the track, I try to use electric cars wherever possible. I also want to use my position as a racing driver to enforce positive and permanent change, which is why I’m working closely with Mercedes to slowly move their fleet of cars towards electric. This is my new dream car, the new EQS fully electric Mercedes. I can’t wait until it’s released! It’s difficult to always be perfect when we go about our daily lives, but I’m continuing to learn how to be better and I’m committed to staying educated and informed so I can play my part. Small steps lead to big change, so it’s important we all take a moment to understand our footprint and the small changes we can make in our everyday lives to put our planet first. The last step for me will be when I step away from this sport and can focus fully on helping heal the world to provide a better future for our kids and our kids, kids. #VisionEQS @mercedesbenz
The six-time world champ recently gushed over the EQS,
which can go from 0 to 60 km/h in 4.5 seconds and will set you back £80 000
(R1.7 million). Then he added, “It’s important we all take a moment to
understand our footprint and the small changes we can make in our everyday
lives to put our planet first.”
But his post immediately sparked a furious backlash online with users branding him a “clown” and pointing out that the car, due to be released next year, is completely out of the price range of most people.
However, Lewis – whose net worth is estimated to be around £187million (R4 billion) – insists he’s changed his ways over the past decade to help save the planet, stating that he’s “reduced his travel where possible, has gone plant-based” and outside of the track he “tries to use electric cars where possible”.
He also defended Mercedes, who pay him around £38 million (R826 million) a year, saying he wants “to use his position” as a racing driver “to enforce positive and permanent change”.
“This is why I'm working closely with Mercedes to slowly move their fleet of cars towards electric. This is my new dream car, the new EQS fully electric Mercedes. I can't wait until it's released!'
After pledging his commitment to creating a greener environment, Lewis concluded by saying, “The last step for me will be when I step away from this sport and can focus fully on helping heal the world to provide a better future for our kids and our kids’ kids.”
But Instagram was not having it.
“Seriously!!! You must have one of the biggest carbon footprints in the world. How can anybody take this seriously,” posted one irate user.
“I guess you didn't have to pay for the car, so it's not much of an effort,” another said.
Yet another irritated user wrote, “Bruh, if you cared so much about the environment, you would retire from F1. And you own a Pagani Zonda.”
Which, to the uninitiated, is a swish racing car. The kind of thing many of his fans would probably give their back teeth for.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, Instagram