Lewis Hamilton has ‘great respect’ for Tyson Fury despite tax comments
Lewis Hamilton congratulated Tyson Fury on his victory over Deontay Wilder and said he respects his fellow Briton “no matter what he says about me”.
Fury retained the WBC heavyweight championship against Wilder on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fury is one of Britain’s most accomplished athletes, but complained of a lack of recognition. He was not on Queen Elizabeth II’s list of New Year’s honors last year.
Hamilton, who won his seventh championship and surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins last year, has been included, making his official title Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE.
Fury criticized his omission and, in an interview with Mail Online, dealt a blow to Hamilton’s chivalry.
“Unlike Lewis Hamilton, I live and pay taxes which reached £ 9million last year,” Fury said in the interview.
Hamilton, who like Fury has voiced the importance of mental health awareness on Monday, wrote on his Instagram: “You can’t deny the Fury.
“He went through all the lows to stay on top. No matter what he says about me, I have immense respect for the work, commitment and sacrifice it takes to be number 1.
“Congratulations champion, blessing to you and your family. Take advantage of this time, you have deserved it.”
Hamilton’s tax status has long been a source of controversy and scrutiny in the UK. The seven-time world champion resides in the tax haven of Monaco.
Speaking to the Sunday Times in 2014, Hamilton said: “What people don’t realize is I’m paying taxes here [in the UK], but I’m not making all my money here.
“I run in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and pay taxes in several different places, and I also pay a lot here.
“I contribute to the country and, not just that, I help keep a team of over 1,000 people employed.”