Montreal - Sport and society remain stuck in the "stone age" when it comes to women's rights, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.
Hamilton, who was 12th on the Forbes annual list of the world's highest paid athletes released this week, was asked his thoughts on the total absence of women in the top 100.
The Briton shrugged off the question at first, absolving Formula One of having anything to do with the glaring omission, due to there being no women drivers in F1.
Yet Hamilton was quick to say that women, in sport or business, should earn equal pay for equal work and questioned the absence of tennis player Serena Williams from the Forbes list. "Well there are no women drivers so I don't see how Formula One has anything to do with it," said Hamilton, who earned $51 million last year according to Forbes. "But that just shows you how behind we are in the world.
"There is no reason women should not be able to earn what men are able to earn.