Lewis Hamilton takes down Instagram video showing him firing an assault rifle just hours after AK47 attack on Paris train as he is criticised for being insensitive
- Lewis Hamilton posted a video of him shooting an assault rifle on Friday
- It was just hours after a gunmen opened fire on a French train to Paris
- It angered some fans and racing boss Niki Lauda ordered that he remove it
- Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he must be more aware of 'what is happening out there in the world'
Lewis Hamilton has angered fans by posting a video of him shooting a gun on social media just hours after an AK47 attack on a train in France.
He was ordered to remove the video from Instagram by Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda after a number of fans were offended by it.
The video was posted just hours after a a gunman attacked a train in France but was stopped by US military man Spencer Stone who was traveling on the train.
Lewis Hamilton Hamilton has angered fans by posting a video of him shooting a gun on social media just hours after an AK47 attack on a train in France
He was ordered to remove the video from Instagram by Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda after a number of fans were offended by it
The video was posted just hours after a a gunman attacked a train in France but was taken down by Alek Skarlatos, 22, a member of the Oregon National Guard
It shows him taking aim at a target that can't be seen and repeatedly shooting from a semi-automatic weapon that is believed to be an assault rifle
Hamilton's post angered some followers and has now been removed from his Instagram account
One follower wrote: 'F**k! You are a fool. Take a police car and leave F1,' reports The Sunday Mirror.
Another wrote: 'Now Lewis Hamilton - a role model for youth- publishes a video with him shooting rifles with pleasure. C'mon Champ, that is not cool.'
Team manager Toto Wolff said Lewis is a 'rock star' and is just living his life but needs to be aware 'what is happening out there in the world'.
Hamilton is racing in the Belgian Grand Prix today and denied posting the video claiming that a friend handles his account during race weekends
Hamilton, 30, who is today racing in the Belgian Grand Prix, denied even posting the video, claiming that a friend handles his account during race weekends.
It shows him taking aim at a target that can't be seen and repeatedly shooting from a semi-automatic weapon that is believed to be an assault rifle.
He then stands up and shoots a few more rounds.
After emptying the magazine, he then poses for the camera with the gun in his hands.
However, he was unrepentant about posting the video.
He simply said: 'I went to the shooting range, shot some fun targets. It was a lot of fun.'
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