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Nicolas Hamilton blasted over 'pity porn' display as Lewis brother responds to backlash

Nicolas Hamilton blasted over 'pity porn' display as Lewis brother responds to backlash

Nicolas Hamilton blasted over 'pity porn' display as Lewis brother responds to backlash

Nicolas Hamilton blasted over 'pity porn' display as Lewis brother responds to backlash

Nicolas Hamilton - brother of Formula 1 legend Lewis - has spoken out after an online backlash following his appearance on Loose Women on Thursday.

The younger Hamilton brother, who shares a father with the seven-time F1 champion, suffers from cerebral palsy, but that hasn't stopped him from competing in the British Touring Car Championship.

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He does so in a modified car, and was a guest on Loose Women on Thursday when he lifted the lid on his experiences as a disabled person, outlining his difficulties in personal and professional spheres as he was growing up.

Hamilton likes to characterise himself as a champion of the disabled cause, but his interview was met with a severe backlash on social media, with one fellow cerebral palsy sufferer describing it as "pity porn".

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Hamilton: 'my life was bleak'

Hamilton, who has previously been open about discussing the pros and cons of having such a famous and successful - and indeed able-bodied - older brother, was surprised by the backlash, however, and took to Instagram to address it on Friday.

Hamilton, who drives for Team HARD, will get his seventh season of BTTC underway at Brands Hatch on April 27.

Brother Lewis, who will join Ferrari in 2025, has the Chinese Grand Prix next up, six days earlier.

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