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Lewis Hamilton’s Bizarre Formula E Outburst Leaves Paddock Confused, Amused

A social media posting by Lewis Hamilton has left the FIA Formula E Championship paddock confused and amused in equal measure…

Image: Lewis Hamilton Instagram

A social media posting that was swiftly deleted by current Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has left the FIA Formula E Championship paddock confused and amused in equal measure.

The posting (seen below) shows the final lap incident between Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost which occurred at the inaugural Formula E race at Beijing in October 2014.

Hamilton posted that he was “trying to keep an eye on other formulas and see clips of @fiaformulae and this one I had to post.”

The Mercedes F1 driver then goes on to write that “If the FIA don’t ban this driver [Prost] then I’m disgusted.

“That is some of the most dangerous driving I’ve ever seen and this kind of disgraceful driving is unacceptable. I hope @nickheidfeld is ok? What’s your take?”

The post which was seen by at least 33,238 people, was responded to by the official Formula E Instagram account, which replied with: “This happened three years ago, get up to speed, Champ!”

Hamilton later deleted the message.

The four-time F1 world champion is no stranger to social media miscues, with one of his most famous being when he mistakenly tweeted telemetry images at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2012.

The bizarre episode comes on the weekend when his former teammate and 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg visited the Formula E paddock as an official Hugo Boss ambassador.

The clothing giant has recently transferred its backing from Formula 1 to Formula E after an almost 40-year period of partnering drivers and teams in F1.

“Of course Formula One is the top class of motor racing, but Formula E is more innovative and sustainable,” Hugo Boss’ Chief Executive Mark Langer told German weekly Focus last month. “The engines, the races in major cities, that’s something a younger audience likes, which offers new opportunities.”

Heidfeld, meanwhile, replied to Hamilton’s tweet with the following:

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