Watch: 'Boys don't wear princess dresses!' Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton slammed for mocking nephew's Christmas outfit

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has apologised for a video he shared on social media of him mocking his nephew for wearing a princess dress.

Hamilton told his 5.7 million Instagram followers in the video he was upset by the four-year-old's outfit.

"I'm so sad right now. Look at my nephew," he said.

The camera then moves away from Hamilton's face to show a young boy wearing a pink princess dress and waving around a heart-shaped wand.

"Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?" Hamilton asked his nephew.

The nephew innocently said he did ask for the dress, which led Hamilton to ask more questions.

"Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?''

"Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

Hamilton made his apology after taking the video down from his Instagram story in a series of tweets.

"Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post," he wrote.

"I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.

"My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.

"I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement."

The video drew heavy criticism on social media from fans and celebrities alike.

Artist Travis Alabanza tweeted in reply to Hamilton's apology, saying, "I hope Lewis Hamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video.

"Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth. That video is a video so many of us have experienced. Gross. It sticks with you.''


Kiwi F1 driver Brendon Hartley wants to compete in Bathurst one day

Brendon Hartley says he wants to race in the pinnacle of Australasian motorsport - Bathurst - one day.

The New Zealander will start his first full year of Formula One for Toro Rosso next year after debuting in F1 this year, driving in four races.

"I haven't been to Bathurst for the 1000, but it's definitely on the list of things I'd like to do one day," Hartley told Fairfax.

"It's something I would love to do one day, it's definitely not on the cards for next year, I'm fully focused on Formula One, but especially on our side of the world that is an awesome race to tick off the list."

Hartley would be well suited to the Bathurst V8 Supercars endurance event, having this year won Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship before his F1 debut.

Hartley was confirmed to drive for Toro Rosso in next season's championship. Source: 1 NEWS

Brendon Hartley (Red Bull Torro Rosso). 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. FIA F1 World Championship Round 20 held at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 23-26 November 2017. Photo Clay Cross /
Brendon Hartley. Source: Photosport



'I said I'm ready and my hand's up' - Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley reveals courageous journey to F1 that almost didn't happen

Brendon Hartley's Formula One drive this year may have been a dream come true but it was a dream that came very, very close to never happening.

In a true story of you can't get what you don’t ask for, Hartley has revealed he approached Toro Rosso boss Helmut Marko, rather than the other way around, to race for the Italian crew.

"When I told him, I said I'm ready and my hand's up," he said.

"You could hear that he was thinking about it - he didn't tell me no.

"He also didn't say much which anyone who knows him well, they'll understand all that."

Getting a F1 chance was hard enough, but what many people don't know is that prior commitments and contracts meant the deal very nearly fell over.

"There was a few moments that it was touch and go let's say that."

But now that the Kiwi driver is home, there’s one thing at the top of his Christmas list

"I crave feijoas!"