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Friday, July 4, 2008

Lewis turns down “man challenge”

Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and David Coulthard had an interesting exchange in Thursday’s press conference. Below is an excerpt from the transcript on the official Formula One Web site.

Q: At the Reebok launch the other day you were quoted as saying you thought you were fitter than Jenson. Is that the case?

I’ve noticed that Jenson has a bit of a belly and so… I’m only joking! I was just trying to be positive.
JB: They’re called muscles.
DC: Place your bets and go win the fight.
LH: Well, you’ve just done some event recently. What was that?
JB: It was a triathlon.
LH: Yeah, I’m not sure whether I could do a triathlon, so I’m not going to say that I could beat him at that, but generally I work my arse off… you work your arse off to be fitter than me, and you’ve got to believe that you’re fitter than me and the same way the other way.
JB: I do believe…
LH: Yeah, so, what I think…
JB: I must admit, I do believe.
LH: It would be good to have a challenge.
JB: I’m sure we can work something out there. If you don’t like triathlons… The good thing is that you’ve got three different activities.
DC: Run a lap of the track.
JB: Exactly, we could try different things. I’ve got a triathlon on July 27th if you’re interested.
LH: Where’s your strongest point?
JB: Umm, all of them! And yours? We could do it for charity, I’m sure, as well. Yeah?
LH: Yeah? Well, shall we get this…
JB: We’ll get DC in there as well.
LH: Yeah, get DC as well.
DC: I’ll be the referee.
LH: You can be the bottle-holder.
JB: Yeah, exactly, yeah.

Q: So I think we’ve got the answer there: DC is going to be the referee and you two are going to do Bath, is that right?

I’m not putting myself into it, I don’t know. I’ll probably be working or doing something else.
DC: He’s throwing down a man challenge, you can’t turn down a man challenge.
LH: We’ll see, we’ll see. We’ll talk about it personally afterwards.


Q: (Ian Stafford – The Mail on Sunday) The first question is: is this going to happen or not, guys? Come on! Yes or no?

LH: Well, me, I’m a competitor, so I’m for one to say yes, but I’ve got people behind me who may…
JB: What if I say £10,000 to the charity of your choice if you beat me? What do you think?
LH: Are you trying to steer me off this championship or what?
JB: It’s the only thing I can be competitive in at the moment. Think about it.
LH: Yeah, I will.

Sadly, Hamilton’s father has since released a statement that Lewis will not be taking part in the event. This, despite the fact Hamilton was named “F1’s biggest playboy” in a Nuts TV Sports News poll. I wonder what the models, former Miss Worlds and female pop stars will make of this?

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