The woman sprayed in the face with champagne by Lewis Hamilton on the winner’s podium during last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix says that she was not offended by the British driver’s actions.
Hamilton angered many people by spraying champagne in the face of 22-year-old Liu Siying following his win in Shanghai last week.
But Liu, who was on the prodium for the first time on Sunday, now says that the controversy has been blown way too much out of proportion.
“It lasted for only one or two seconds, and I didn’t think too much about it,” she told Shanghai Daily.
“I think some foreign media are more sensitive about the topic than local media.
“I was just told by my employer to stand on the podium, and that’s what I did.”
And Liu was adamant that she did not want people to get overly concerned about the issue, as she was not offended by Hamilton’s erratic celebrations.
Writing on her Weibo alongside images of the incident, she wrote: “I can’t control other people’s behavior when I’m working. I hope the public doesn’t make too much of it, or that it affects my personal life.”
It isn’t the first time Hamilton has been caught spraying a hostess, pulling a similar stunt after last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.
He has come under fire from Object, a campaign on media sexism.
Roz Hardie, the chief executive of the organisation, said: “The photographs appear to show that the woman is not just being splashed, but that the champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look like a voluntary piece of horseplay on her part.
“If this if the case we think Lewis Hamilton should apologise for his actions and think carefully about how he behaves in the future. For most people, it would be apparent that she is not enjoying it.
“It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it. That is something of which he should be aware. But instead, he appears to have abused her position.”
Hamilton currently leads the F1 world championship standings after picking up two wins from the opening three races of the season.
He returns to the track this weekend for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the final race before the series hits Europe.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor