A day after his accident with Formula One title rival Max Verstappen in Italy, Lewis Hamilton was in New York for the 2021 Met Gala. What did the seven-time champion do at the event?
Hamilton attends much-delayed 2021 Met Gala
This year’s Met Gala is the first since 2019.
It was cancelled in 2020 and has been delayed from its traditional slot in May until September this year.
One regular guest at Dame Anna Wintour’s event is Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver attended the event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, near Central Park in Manhattan.
Hamilton attended the event the day after he and F1 title rival Max Verstappen collided in the Italian GP.
Verstappen hit a kerb and was launched into the air after Hamilton had emerged from a pitstop while racing side-by-side at Monza.
The Red Bull landed on top of the Mercedes – Hamilton’s life only spared thanks to the halo cockpit head protection device.
After his first Did Not Finish since the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton trails Verstappen by five points in the drivers’ standings.
Hamilton’s nod to black fashion designers
Hamilton has become increasingly vocal over the past year and a half in promoting equality, diversity and opportunity for black and minority groups.
The seven-time world champion has launched The Hamilton Commission to look at how motorsport, typically a white male space, can improve and diversify.
At the Met Gala, he booked a table and invited black fashion designers who have inspired him as guests.
They included Theophilio, Kenneth Nicholson, and Jason Rembert.
Could attending the Met Gala affect Hamilton’s title bid?
You may wonder why Hamilton is flying to New York in the middle of a pandemic and the most closely fought world championship in years.
The Briton has increased his roles with fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger in recent years. But, despite increasing his activities off-track, it has yet to hinder Hamilton on it.
The most famous example came in 2018, after Hamilton won the Italian GP at Monza.
There was a two-week break before the next race in Singapore – a track at which Mercedes had historically struggled.
Between the races he was in Shanghai, New York and London before flying to Singapore.
This led to questions about his focus and lifestyle, but Hamilton answered in the most crushing manner possible.
After struggling in the early stages of qualifying, on the first runs in the final segment he pulled out one of the all-time great pole laps.
This set up a victory in the race and all but ended Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of taking the 2018 crown.