Lewis Hamilton has called out an F1 fan who sent a sexist tweet to Sky Sports pundit and presenter Naomi Schiff.
Schiff, who competed in the W Series in 2019, has joined the Sky Sports team for 2022 and has been a big hit among fans, providing a fresh insight alongside the likes of Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert. She also co-presents the show Any Driven Monday, which is broadcast on YouTube and Sky every Monday after a race weekend.
However, sadly, Schiff has come in for criticism, with one Twitter user, calling themselves @TheDenMillwall, aiming a gender-related dig at her on the social media platform. Schiff replied with three yawning emojis with a link to the post, which has since been deleted.
That prompted Hamilton, who was interviewed by the 28-year-old earlier this year, to spring to her defence. The seven-time world champion posted: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team.
“She’s been a great asset since joining & we should welcome more representative broadcasting with open arms. Still have a long way to go to change these attitudes in sport.”
A number of fans have also taken to Twitter to defend Schiff and praise her impact on Sky Sports’ coverage.
One fan posted: “One of the best additions to the media team. If we only had ex F1 drivers on commentary it’d be horrible. People learn more about the sport and racing in general from your breakdowns, you’re more qualified to be there than most drivers would be!”
Another added: “You have been a breath of fresh air on Sky Sports this year, that alone makes you perfectly suited to the role regardless of qualifications! Anyone who is feeling threatened by your success are proof that you are doing great things.”
Meanwhile, a third joked: “Racer, GT4, 24Hr Series, W Series, racing knowledge, great interview style, good commentary … can’t think why F1 commentary would possibly be a natural progression. Nice to see a new face in the Sky F1 team this year, especially another with racing experience.”