Sao Paulo - Formula
One world champion Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday dismissed a row over his
avoidance of taxes on a luxury jet, saying he's only thinking about
this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I’m just solely focused on trying to win this race this weekend. I
still have two races to go. I don’t really have anything to add to the
whole scenario that's happening," he told reporters in Brazil's biggest
city ahead of Sunday's race.
The British driver, who was crowned world champion for the fourth
time last month in Mexico City, reportedly got a £3.3 million VAT refund in 2013 after his airplane was
imported into the Isle of Man - a low-tax British Crown Dependency.
The allegation was part of revelations in the so-called Paradise
Papers, a trove of documents about the tax avoidance practices of the
rich leaked from elite accountancy firm Appleby to the US-based
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Hamilton's lawyers have said the tax structure leading to the VAT
refund was entirely legal. Noting that his spokesmen had already put out
a press release, Hamilton said "I don't really have much more to add."
"I’ve just come from this great period of time with my family and
friends that I have this huge wave of positive energy and nothing can
really dent that," he said.
"That doesn’t distract me from my core values and also what I’m here
to do, which is trying to win this Brazilian Grand Prix for the second
time in my life in 10 years."