Lewis Hamilton has put his feud with Tyson Fury to one side to pay a classy tribute to the Gypsy King's win over Deontay Wilder "no matter what he's said".
Fury successfully defended his WBC and The Ring heavyweight belts as he beat the Bronze Bomber via an 11th round knockout in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The British fighter survived being knocked down twice in the fourth round to recover and stop his opponent in the penultimate round with a flurry of punches.
Mercedes driver Hamilton was one of many who took the opportunity to congratulate Fury on his win.
In a post to his Instagram story, Hamilton wrote: “You can’t deny the Fury. He’s worked through all the lows to remain on top.
“No matter what he’s said about me, I have huge respect for the work and commitment and sacrifice it takes to be number one.
“Congrats champ, blessings to you and your family. Enjoy this time, you’ve earned it.”
The comments by Fury that Hamilton is thought to be eluding to were made to the Daily Mail earlier this year, when Fury said: “Unlike Lewis Hamilton I live and pay taxes which went up to £9million last year.”
Hamilton has previously touched on past reports related to his taxes and addressed the issue in an interview with The Sunday Times in 2014.
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“What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here [in the UK], but I don’t earn all my money here," explained the 36-year-old F1 driver.
“I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.
“I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed.”
Hamilton was in Istanbul at the time of Fury's trilogy fight with Wilder as he prepared for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Having started in 11th due to a 10-place grid penalty, Hamilton ended the race in fifth to surrender his two point lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship to Max Verstappen, who he now trails by six points.
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