Alexander Albon has claimed that the AED 615,065 receipt circulated on social media after being picked up by Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi restaurant where all F1 drivers say goodbye to Sebastian Vettel is fake, Alexander Albon has claimed.
On Thursday night before the last race of 2022, Lewis Hamilton held a farewell party for all the F1 drivers who will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the year.
However, the next day, a receipt of $140,000, believed to be from the farewell party, spread on social media. Fans knew it was fake, but some fans spread it for fun.
First of all, the dinner was held on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, so there was no chance for the F1 drivers to go to the bar and order an expensive bottle of Vino Collapso. Also, the farewell party was not held at Nusr-Et Steakhouse, owned by the famous Salt Bay.
Alexander Albon has admitted Lewis Hamilton shouldered much of the cost, but denied rumors the group wined and dined at Abu Dhabi’s Salt Bay-owned Nusr-Et Steakhouse at huge expense .
‘How silly,’ said Alexander Albon on the latest F1 Nation podcast.
“I saw the bill. It was for Salt Bay, but we don’t eat there. We eat at a place called Hakkasan.”
“We are normal people. We don’t expect caviar and golden spoons on our plates.”
“It was a specific menu. Of course Luis is vegan and we know he needs a lot of food.”
“Lewis very kindly paid for it. He accommodated him. I’m very grateful to him. So he knows what the bill is.”
Alexander Albon revealed that this special night was marked by an atmosphere of warm friendship and solidarity, along with mischievous laughter, but within the group, the words and actions of the night never left the room. He says there was a clear understanding that there was no.
“Honestly, the dinner was very special,” said Alexander Albon.
“It was a lot of fun. All the drivers, myself included, were all smiling and laughing the whole time, so I think my cheeks hurt. It was really fun.”
“I’m not going to get into trouble by saying who did what. That was the strict policy of the dinner itself. I can’t say what happened, but it was a very well told story.”
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