Unkind wags might suggest that reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton should be tried for crimes against fashion, but the Englishman’s latest feat will perhaps take some beating: he was banned from attending the Wimbledon men’s singles final for violating the dress code.

Hamilton's Wimbledon invite

Hamilton’s invite and the (unread) dress code guide…

The Mercedes driver was invited to join a select list of tennis VIPs and international celebrities in the Royal Box on Sunday to watch the final match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Keen eyes spotted that a seat was noticeably vacant (pictured above) during the four-set match – won by Djokovic – which it turns out was allocated to Hamilton.

The racing driver had earlier written on Instagram: “On my way to Wimbledon to watch the final! Honoured to have been invited to watch the men’s finals from the Royal Box!”


 The second photo showed his invitation and a brochure, titled ‘Guide for Royal Box Guests’, which if Hamilton had actually read, stipulated that all men invited to the special area are expected to wear a jacket, tie and shoes.


Hamilton without jacket and tie

Hamilton was refused access to the Royal Box for not donning a jacket and tie.

In a second photo posted on Instagram, Hamilton was snapped posing in designer gear, minus the all-important jacket and tie.

“Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final,” a spokesperson for the British Grand Prix winner said.

Hamilton missed out on the opportunity to watch the match with self-confessed Formula 1 fan, the Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also spotted with fellow actors Hugh Grant, Bradley Cooper, Sir John Hurt, Clive Owen, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Images via The Guardian and Lewis Hamilton

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