Monaco - Lewis Hamilton pulled out of his media duties this week, saying he was too upset by Niki Lauda’s death to talk about it - a no-show that Lauda’s friend and former team-mate John Watson called "pathetic".
Hamilton was due to attend the FIA press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix but, after discussion with his Mercedes team, decided to miss the set-piece. Mercedes then asked the FIA for an exemption, which they granted.
Despite his last-minute absence from media duties, Hamilton had earlier seemed fine when he rocked up in the paddock on his MV Agusta motorbike and signed autographs for fans.
Lauda, in his role as non-executive chairman, played a big part in tempting Hamilton to join Mercedes. Writing on his social media, Hamilton called the Austrian, "the bright light in my life".
But Watson, who raced alongside Lauda at McLaren in the early Eighties, believes Hamilton should have faced the press. He said: "It’s pathetic. I would like to know how Lewis can justify this.