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Lewis Hamilton Is Under Fire For Spraying An F1 Hostess With Champagne

Photos of the hostess as she was sprayed with champagne by Hamilton after his victory in the Chinese Grand Prix have been met with criticism.

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The act is a common celebration among Formula One drivers; however, given the photo and the obviously disgruntled reaction of the hostess, there has been a backlash.

Lewis Hamilton. What a gold-plated arse

@MercedesAMGF1 @PetronasGPTeam Lewis Hamilton, this is too much!

"The spraying champagne in her face was done with respect and care." - Lewis Hamilton.

People are also coming to Hamilton's defence.

People just love to hate on @LewisHamilton . Luckily he doesnt take them on.

So now @LewisHamilton is getting criticized and labeled as "selfish" for spraying that grid girl..

Lewis Hamilton being labelled sexist for spraying a grid girl in the face with champagne whilst celebrating his win... Get a grip morons 👊✊💦

Roz Hardie, the chief executive of Object, a media sexism campaign, told the Daily Mail:

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.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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