Formula 1 News: Hamilton Blasts NZ Casino, Here’s Why; Williams, Renault Announce New Reserve Drivers

Formula 1 News: Hamilton Blasts NZ Casino, Here’s Why; Williams, Renault Announce New Reserve Drivers
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Ahead of the upcoming season opening race in Melbourne, reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton decided to spend some downtime in New Zealand. It seems his vacation though is not going as well as he had hoped. He recently took to social media to tell his followers how one casino there has been rude to him.


Perhaps immediately following his unpleasant experience, Hamilton took to Twitter with the following message: “Don’t ever go to sky city casino in Auckland, they treated me like dirt. Can’t believe how rude they were. Worst casino experience ever!”

According to a report from, it seems Hamilton may have not taken too kindly to the casino’s rule regarding caps, sunnies and selfies. Sky City’s policy actually bans mobile phones from being used at the table. It means there is no chance for casino guests to take selfies while they’re playing. In addition, it is believed that casino staff carried out their usual customer service protocol during Hamilton’s visit.

It seems tense relations between Hamilton and Sky City have since been diffused. Hamilton had already deleted the tweet and Sky City Auckland issued their own statement on Twitter saying, “So sorry to hear @lewishamilton didn’t have a good time with us last night. We pride ourselves on being good hosts-we’re following up with him.”

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Meanwhile, ahead of the Melbourne Grand Prix, both Renault and Williams have just announced that they have a new test and reserve driver respectively for the season. Serving as a Williams reserve driver 2016 is former Force India driver Paul di Resta, a Scotsman who has won the European Formula Three Championship in 2006.

On the other hand, joining the Renault team as an official test driver is 20-year-old Nicholas Latifi. He is a Canadian GP2 racer who will also race for DAMS in GP2 this year.

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