Hamilton wins over Woods, not Letterman

Thu, 14 June 2007, 06:30

Lewis Hamilton has won over Tiger Woods but not famous talk show host David Letterman, it emerged ahead of his first US grand prix.

F1’s sensational rookie championship leader Hamilton has often been referred to as the ‘Tiger Woods of motor sport’, and Woods this week heralded Hamilton as a “terrific role model”.

“I’ve been following his progress pretty closely — without a doubt, he is one of the most exciting talents to hit the sporting scene in recent years,” American Woods, who was the first black superstar in the world of golf, told The Sun.

Letterman, meanwhile, co-owns an Indycar team and is a renowned formula one fan but his late night television show reportedly turned down McLaren’s request for Hamilton – who was in New York earlier this week – to appear prior to his first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

“Scotland’s Dario Franchitti was a guest after winning last month’s Indy 500 and show bosses did not want another racing driver on so soon,” UK tabloid The Sun said.

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