Update: seems like this one might not be true after all. ‘Scathing’ is probably the best description of Hamilton’s attitude when this was put to him at the Magny Cours press conference:
“No. Absolutely no interest. That sounds about the worst number plate I’ve ever heard of. 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.”
So now we know.
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More proof that you can take the boy out of Stevenage, but you’ll never entirely take Stevenage out of the boy.
We learn from the ITV F1 site that young Mr Hamilton is now the proud owner of a LEW1S registation plate that has set him back a cool £200,000.
It reports that the previous owner property tycoon Bob Lewis (unfortunately not one careful lady, it would appear) has finally been persuaded by the sheer sum of cash up for grabs – something like 300 per cent profit on his original investment of £50k.
Remember that, if some of Hamilton’s previous indications of his taste in cars hold good, this is bound to find its way onto a Mercedes Benz with very large alloy wheels and a certain amount of extra bodywork.
That should be a distinctive enough sight going down Fairlands Way…