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Hamilton looks to build bridges with apologies for Monaco outburst
Posted By: James Allen  |  30 May 2011   |  11:41 pm GMT  |  380 comments

Racing drivers very rarely say sorry, especially the really competitive ones who regard winning as their birthright.

Senna, Schumacher and the like rarely used the ‘S’ word. Schumacher was asked to on numerous occasions, but only did so under extreme duress, such as post Jerez 1997 when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo demanded that he host a press conference and apologise for his collision with Jacques Villeneuve.

Hamilton: Sorry not the hardest word (Darren Heath)


Today Lewis Hamilton has apologised to Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado for any offence caused by his comments after the race, when he complained about them not giving him room when he attempted to overtake and indeed for turning in on him.

The subject has ignited furious debate online with both sides of the argument well represented.

Hamilton used twitter to send his message to drivers and fans alike,

“Hey guys. I wanted to apologise 4 last weekends performance & also my comments after, I never meant to offend no1.”

“I would also like to say thank u 2 everyone on here, 4 their positive messages & also 2 the angry messages. I can respect them both.”

“2 Massa & Maldonado, with the greatest respect I apologise if I offended u. Both of u r fantastic drivers who I regard highly.”

“2 my fans lost & my fans won, I wish u nothing but love & happiness. God Bless u. Onwards & upwards, Montreal next. Lewis”

The fact that Hamilton has apologised in this way, following his apology to the stewards for questioning their integrity on Sunday night, shows that he’s realised how far in the wrong he was in his comments.

Fans will debate long and hard as to whether he was entitled to feel aggrieved for being penalised when trying to pass. But his apologies will go a long way to repairing any ill feeling which may have been caused.

In short, it was a smart move and he didn’t take too long to make it either.

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  1. steve says:

    mclaren forced this?

    i think he should only be apologising for his unrelenting ‘txt speak’ tweeting style.

    1. wayne says:

      As God is my witness if the most exciting talent to enter f1 in as long as I can remember is driven from the sport by popularist over-reactive political correctness, hypocritical and inconsistent stewards who change the interpretation of the rules at each race, general jealousy and spite from hamilton hating fans – I will turn off and never turn on again, I will follow this thrilling driver to whatever series he chooses to race in. God bless, Lewis, chin up.

      1. frosty001 says:

        F1 is bigger than any one driver.

      2. wayne says:

        certainly, yet lh would make 10 mil per year racing anywhere such is his attraction as an exciting, incredibly tallented, aggressive, cool young driver. F1 would be crazy to drive him out, f1 desperately needs lh types in the car. F1drivers were becoming boring corporate clones before his arrival and stunning debut season. Signing lewis would be a bigger draw for any racing series than any other f1driverby a long way. Before f1 criticise the drivers they should do them the courtesy of dispensing with the unacceptable inconsistency in the application of the rules.

      3. Mario says:

        All this has a primary school playground feel to it.

      4. Casimir says:

        He is arrogant, just like every other guy in the paddock, only more so because he is more talented.

        [mod] Let your driving do the talking, and not the PR rubbish you’ve been spouting since you joined Simon Fuller.

      5. John says:

        Yeah feel free to leave. We won’t miss you.

      6. Nemo says:

        Its never Lewis’s fault. I guess being responsible comes with maturity. Looks like that is still a couple of years away for Lewis

      7. Andrewshouldbeworking says:

        Couldnt agree more with your sentiments. And as for shoving a mike into the mouth of a clearly upset and emotional sportsman who lives for success and baiting him into giving her the next headline…. well I just wish my job was as well paid and easy.
        On a serious note, we saw a similar foul-up last year when McLaren tried to be clever in quali and ended up losing out because of rain. Is nobody there recording these failiures so lessons can be learnt?
        We know they have the divers, it seems they now have the car, all that missing is the tactical nous, over to you Mr Whitmarsh

      8. Bevan says:

        Exactly Wayne,the only excitement on offer is held up,blocked & interrogated on a race by race basis by spoilt brat petty jealousy & severely immature ego’s.
        I felt for Maldonardo but Massa is just sickening,its the Formula one show Felipe,not the Massa show.We could have been in for a real treat.It warmed my heart to see him exit the tunnel minus his front end,natural justice really does exist.We’ve seen his blocking every race so far,maybe he’ll be less enthused now eh.He regularly ruins his own race by mirror watching.

      9. angela harris says:

        I agree with everythng & likewise F1 not for me if LH leaves.
        What he has had to endure at the hands of his detractors is dire.
        Most of the time, he takes it on the chin & gets on with it.
        Last week~end he didn’t & I’m glad…..

      10. leslexx says:

        LH walks, we all, (at least a lot of us) walks. Just too good a driver to be driven out of F1 by these jealous crumpy suit idiotos

      11. MichaelE says:

        He is the best driver on the grid hands down! That includes “Mr. Finger” Sebastian Vettel!

    2. Armstrong says:

      Tweeting style or illiterate? What a great role model, blame your team and fellow drivers then apologise in the most insincere form whatsoever via social media. Is this how he was taught to write his thank-you letters?

      James, it’s bad enough reading Rio and Wayne’s tweets on the BBC website but I never thought I would see it on this F1 forum. Whilst I believe in freedom of speech, do we really need to be subjected to verbatim ‘tweets’?

      Personally, I find it a shame that such a great driver feels the need to express himself in such a way. Is this the result of a lost youth and subsequent identity crisis?

      1. James Allen says:

        Well it’s what he said, so of course you quote it

      2. Casimir says:

        It is what was posted on his Twitter account, not specifically what he said. More particularly, what he ‘said’, i.e. wrote or texted, is not recognized as English in even the widest of contexts.

        I am not having a go at you specifically James, rather the media fascination with Twitter. Twitter is not a ‘source of truth’ and probably never will be, because it provides little or no inferred context to the statements made therein.

        As a result, trying to intuit meaning from such actions (tweets) is futile. Do I think he was genuinely apologetic? Probably not, but the point is moot. Do I think that Twitter was the most appropriate platform from which to deliver his apology? Definitely not.

        A valid apology would have been presented through the general media and, more specifically, those individuals specifically involved (Massa et al) rather than via a platform specifically catering for those interested in Hamilton.

      3. James Allen says:

        I think it’s recognised that twitter us becoming a real time news source. Look at the uses it is put to now

      4. F1fan says:

        How do we know this apology was not written by his PR team? I don’t think this will be the end from Massa. Alonso will be grinning from ear to ear and rightly so.

      5. UnocV says:

        Point is, the guy has a website, access to write up his thoughts on a McLaren team website and even the facilities to put out a proper video for either website or even on an official McLaren youtube channel. But no, he chose to rit lik ths cos so mch bttr

        And I thought RBR’s Webber and Vettel shrug of the shoulders photo was the worst PR in F1…. turns out it got beaten

  2. knoxploration says:

    “The fact that Hamilton has apologised in this way, following his apology to the stewards for questioning their integrity on Sunday night, shows that he’s realised how far in the wrong he was in his comments.”

    …or more likely, that the team and/or his manager saw the unfolding PR nightmare, and gave him his orders.

    Given Hamilton’s typical attitude — it’s always somebody else’s fault — I highly doubt this apology is anything other than an attempt to backpedal, and quite likely one that’s been forced on him.

    1. Mike Monji says:

      What more can one do other than apologizing?

      1. frosty001 says:

        He should apolgise to the drivers direct, face to face if possible. We (the fans) don’t need to read something lazily typed into his blackberry.

      2. Mike Monji says:

        Maybe he has done that already but you wouldn’t know would you?

        Plus had he not apologies people would still complain that he did not apologies, must be hard being famous :-(

      3. Phil says:

        I’m pretty sure he’s an Iphone man….

    2. Mc says:

      The probelm people have with Lewis Hamilton is that he is a winner!!
      He clearly has a non-Britsh temperament! As a nation we consistently
      criticise individuals who strive for victory, would he be more liked
      if he simply shrugged his shoulders after a race he didn’t win in a
      careless fashion?? Any athlete thats works hard at their profession
      and is committed to winning is bound to be disappointed and frustrated
      when they do not succeed, typically us British prefer to support and
      lavish praise on individuals that finish 2nd!!!

      1. Jeff says:

        “The problem people have with Lewis Hamilton is that he is a winner!!”

        Sure.. and the terrorist hate us because of our freedom.

        Get real mate, people don’t like him because of his behavior and is sense of entitlement. He made a brilliant move on MS at the beginning of the race but it went downhill from there.

      2. Ross Dixon says:

        I completely agree. Look at Andy Murray. A guy who only wants to win. Comes across arrogant and moody. As a Scot, he is the highest ranked player in their own sport outside of snooker. He is the only British male player inside the top 150 (as far as im aware) Yet constantly slated in the press and by arm chair experts who think his attitude is all wrong and so on. Andy is one of the best tennis players in the world. Out of 6 billion people he is roughly 4th in the world. Yes he needs to improve to win more but I can guarantee that he knows this and is working sooo hard to do so.

        People need to understand that the Elite athletes in the world are completely different breeds of peopl to you or I. Tiger Woods, Fernando Alonso, Christiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, David Haye I could go on….. all display immature spoiled brat like characteristics. Understand that they have been told since an early early age that they are the best. They work soooo hard to win. So when they lose they dont understand how it can be their fault. Ronaldo thinks every time he falls over its a free kick. Thats because he is so good or should i say thinks he is too good to make a mistake.
        While I dont condone any of their behaviour in a social sense, their actions can all be explained by what I call ALPHA Maleism. These Dominant successful people expect to win. They will do whatever they can to win despite annoying a lot of people along the way.
        There is a reason why nice guy Rubens has 0 titles while (IMO) arrogant selfish (bend the rule???) Michael has won 7!

    3. **Paul** says:

      I agree with this entirely. Apologising via Twitter (to my knowledge neither Massa and Pastor have accounts) rather than face to face just shows this is a PR stunt not a true apology.

      It’s about as sincere as Rossi’s apology to Stoner at Jerez, but at least Rossi has the balls to man up and speak to the other guy.

      We all know his comments are now from the McLaren PR disaster recovery team. What else do we expect from a Simon Fuller managed celeb though?

      1. Tom Johnson says:

        ‘We all know his comments are now from the Mclaren PR disaster recovery team.’

        You know nothing of the sort. I just wish he hadn’t made any apology, just take a look at the available footage, Maldonado is an incompetent wretch and Massa has been cluttering up the track for far too long. The truth is that Hamilton detractors are desperate for this apology for despite their claims to want drivers to be ‘real’ not PR robots etc, what they really want is establishment forelock tuggers and we all bow down to the heroes of the past. Hamilton is not around for that purpose, he’s not here to play cards with Ecclestone Alonso Fisichella, he’s not here to be best friends with the paddock club either, he’s there to win races and championships that’s all. Don’t like it? Tough.

      2. LT says:

        +1

        Don’t really care what the Hamilton haters have to say (don’t think he cares what a bunch of nobodies say either). They’ll always bash him regardless of what he does anyway.

    4. Bernard says:

      The only PR nightmares in F1 are due to the inconsistent judgements handed out.

      The right way versus the wrong way to overtake – part one

      The right way versus the wrong way to overtake – part two

      1. j says:

        Wow… some poeple have way too much time on their hands. I have to admire your passion for F1 though.

        I think it’s pretty clear that Shumi let him through thinking strategically that it would be better to not let other midfield cars gain time on him while defending against a much faster car.

    5. Andrew says:

      Damned if he does and damned if he doesnt eh knoxploration? Luckily we have perfect people in this world like you that we can use as examples as to how we should all behave.
      To the person who said that Hamilton didn’t appologize face to face – how do you know this? Did you ask Hamilton or Massa or Maldonado? Maybe he did and we don’t know about it. At best, we don’t know so lets not make stupid comments on here making claims about things we know nothing.
      Bottom line, we’ve all screwed up by doing or saying something stupid in our lives and thankfully didn’t get publicly slammed for it so maybe we should do the same here as we would expect others to do to us – forgive and forget??

    6. frosty001 says:

      The only apology that counts is a direct apology. If he hasn’t called or spoken face to face with those drivers to apolgise then the tweets mean nothing.

      Please James, why are you deciding what is and isn’t genuine or enough? Are you his PR?

      Lewis clearly has a deep mistrust of the FIA and feels he’s being victimised. Media critisism won’t change that. It just puts him into PR spin mode. Someone needs to find out why he really thinks that and try and show him how to look at it from another point of view. What are his team doing? His manager?

      If Massa and Maldonado say they’ve recieved a personal apology and accept it, then fine. But all these people deciding if he’s forgiven is BS. It’s not for us to forgive. Trying to convince your fans is nothing but PR spin trying to get yourself out of a charge of bringing the sport into disrepute.

      Media need to remain objective on this topic and not presume you actually know what he is thinking. You just make yourself look like clowns when you come up with this definitve analysis of something you cannot know for certain.

      1. James Allen says:

        I’m giving my opinion based on a knowledge of all the individuals involved, the FIA and the media.

      2. frosty001 says:

        I do appreciate that, but i’ve read your piece twice and all i can see is that he’s tweeted.
        If you’d told us that you know he spoke to the drivers, the team, etc then i’d accept he’s doing all he can to address his outburt.

        You don’t need insider knowledge to interpret if a tweet is a geniunely convicing method of apologising.

      3. Bevan says:

        Whats he meant to say Frosty,you can’t go around apologizing to everyone for doing what I thought was the point of the whole operation,ie RACE.
        As the saying goes Frosty one,ya can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs old chap,what.
        Race cars have a habit of coming together in case you hadn’t noticed.

  3. goferet says:

    Yes, welcome to the 21st century, the generation of political correctness where speaking your mind can cost you your job & £££ & that’s why you have the likes of Alonso very mellow nowadays & putting out lots of ”No comments” statements for instance when he was asked about the new Pirelli hard tyre.

    Personally, I think all this tiptoeing around issues is downright shameful & more shameful is the fact that even grown men are sensitive about the smallest issue as though they were little girls.

    Now there goes the Hammy who was willing to speak his mind, from now onwards, expect a cagey bloke always on his toes, dishing out brief responses.

    Maximum respect to Schumi (Monaco 2006 – My conscience is clear) and of course the likes of Senna & lots of older drivers I do not know about.

    P.s.
    I seriously miss the 1950s & swinging 60s

    1. Mike Monji says:

      Where’s the “Like” button?

    2. MISTER says:

      I agree with you about drivers being allowed to speak their mind, but when the likes of Lewis is calling others drivers stupid, is beyond anything I feel comfortable watching.
      I do not turn my TV on to see uncalled remarks like those, especially when I think it was Lewis’s fault anyway for diving on the inside like a kamikaze.

      For the pass he tried on PM, there is nothing different then the one Alonso tried on Vettel just before the red flag and Alonso had the decency of braking and allowing Vettel to continue his race.

      cheers!

      1. F1Fan says:

        Did Hamilton say the drivers were stupid or did he say the situation was stupid? There is a difference. The quotes I saw point to the latter. “These drivers are absolute frickin’ ridiculous, it’s stupid.”

        http://en.espnf1.com/mclaren/motorsport/story/50374.html

  4. Jonty says:

    F1 needs Hamilton. His aggressive style of racing rather than a procession from the front.

    The season is a third over and it’s looking like Vettel will win the WC by summer. Webber seems to have lost the ability to compete with Vettel. Alonso looks unlikely to have a machine to compete.

    Unless Mclaren prove to have similar performance to RB improve strategy soon and have some luck also I think the season will be over sadly.

    Hamilton knows this. He should have won this Monaco GP so should Jenson or Fernando later on.

    It’s definitely all going Vettels way at the moment!

    1. Anshul Ahuja says:

      F1 doesn’t need Hamilton… F1 needs to have safety first. Hamilton has always banked that if he jumps mid-corners the others will definitely give way to avoid collision. This time two of them were caught unawares and had no place to go like at many other open circuits.

      It was his mistake through and through. Not only here, but at quite a few other circuits as well. I think stewards don’t want to kick a storm by clubbing him at every opportunity and he goes with some mere ‘reprimand’.

      1. Tim says:

        If we had f1 your way then i don’t think many people would watch it

      2. F1fan says:

        Neither would there be many drivers on the grid. This year we have already lost Kubica and for Monaco we also lost Perez. Hamilton is a danger to others’ safety. I hope he doesn’t put a body in the morgue one day but he would probably be too arrogant to realise his involvement anyway.

        He needs penalising properly.

        Shame no-one is talking about Vettel’s maiden Monaco victory.

      3. Anshul Ahuja says:

        I still think safety is paramount, the drivers are professionals, and its a matter of livelihood for them. I would hate to see another Senna-esque incident. Infact it could be Hamilton there some day if he keeps on to it.

      4. Tim says:

        In all three of those incidents the accident was not the result of another driver. No on crashed into perez causing the incident, no one crashed into Kubica or senna either. I’m all for driver safety but to have them driving around on cotton wool afraid to overtake in case they bump each other is ridiculous!

      5. Simon Donald says:

        Senna acted no different to how Hamilton did. Neither decent drivers of the 1980′s. He makes F1 exciting that is the reason both for his popularity and why some people can’t stand him!

      6. sachindgr8 says:

        please stop bringing up senna for everything …… days have changed, safety has become paramount esp after the great man’s death, driving into rivals to win races/championships is no longer acceptable these days fortunately. Not giving importance to lives is not-acceptable. Even in Barcelona GP not slowing down for yellow flags is ridiculous, for god sakes show some respect to marshals, who are risking everything for race to resume asap. I fail to understand excitement when lives are at risk.. sorry !!

      7. Phil says:

        Shall we slow the cars down for safety ‘s sake, put indicators on to let others know that you plan to overtake.

        i know let’s abandon Monaco, because the road is unsafe. As we know the public roads aren’t for racing purposes.

        Get real

      8. Jon says:

        Agreed. Without risk we have a procession. F1 is actually safer than most other series such as WRC/Rallying which is where Kubica had his accident not in F1!

        Shumacher pulled the same move on Hamilton earlier in the race and Hamilton was looking in his mirrors and gave him space. To not look in your mirrors and not have an idea where the following car is could be argued to be ‘unsafe driving’. These things happen very quickly.

        Sam Michael technical director of Williams has even said the collision with Maldonado was a racing incident. ie. not Lewis’s fault.

      9. Anshul Ahuja says:

        If the following car is faster, and driver capable, he’ll eventually find a way around without crashing. We have seen many overtaking moves this year and not many have ended in crashes… but moves with LH involved are almost always forceful and have a higher crash rates.

        Taking Monaco off… am sure thats not happening in this lifetime. Infact if Bernie sees whats happening here… he’d probably plan a few crashes every race :)

      10. LT says:

        Yeah, get off your high horse. Alonso was willing to risk a crash to overtake Vettel (read James’ review of the race). The drivers are there to race. Overtaking at Monaco is rarely 100% clean or safe. Talk to Bernie about removing Monaco if that is not what you want to see.

  5. jr says:

    If Lewis wanted to deliver a genuine apology for the comments he made about Massa and Maldonado he would have addressed it to them directly and privately instead of publicly announcing it in such a manner.

    It’s all too obvious that most of his apologies of past and present are merely a PR spin for a “likeable character” that his management have tried to sell to the public for years.

    I don’t doubt that he may have some regrets about what he said after the race, but I’m sure those are only for the sake of his own self-interest.

    1. Paul M says:

      He may have done it privately aswell

    2. Lilla My says:

      I think he should do both – apologise in private, so that it would be genuine and not only for PR reasons, but also say it to the public, so that his haters would know that he actually apologised and wouldn’t have a reason to bash him for (allegedely) not apologising.

    3. Peter C says:

      The very fact that LH may have apologised to Massa & Maldonado in private, means that we wouldn’t know about it.

      But of course, the public (incl. fans) demand to know what is happening at every hour of the day or night.

  6. Nick Hipkin says:

    James,

    Do you sense that Lewis is just increasingly frustrated that he sees someone else (Seb) that has a car/team which could potentially deliver multiple titles over the next few years?

    I’m of the opinion that Lewis’s frustration will lead him to sign a 2013 contract with Red Bull at the end of this season, a bit like Alonso and Montoya did with Mclaren ironically enough.

      1. JW1980 says:

        James,

        Is that yes to paragraph one or two? Or both?

        If engine regs do not change for 2013 RBR is the team to drive. Do not understand why Alonso committed himself so long to Ferrari.

      2. Pranav Haldea says:

        Though with Vettel having renewed his contract, do you think Red Bull would be so keen to have to 2 top drivers?

    1. Alex W says:

      nice irony if he does go to RBR and gets beat!

    2. Andy C says:

      I am too. I’m convinced he wont stay at McLaren, and will want to experience a Newey designed car.

    3. This was something I was thinking about over the weekend when it struck me that drivers who win the Championship relatively early in their careers seem to have a different outlook to those who win it later on, when they’re in their prime.

      It’s as if drivers like Hamilton and Alonso are absolutely certain they can win everything and it’s only the machinery, luck or outside forces holding them back, and a lot of frustration can build up because of that. There aren’t many men who’ve won the title in their early 20s, but I think we saw flashes of this frustration in Michael Schumacher between 1994 and 2000 (lessened perhaps, by the knowledge that F1′s most powerful team were dancing to his tune) and if Red Bull ever go on a barren run I’m sure we’ll see it in Vettel, too.

      It’s in stark contrast to drivers like Button, Raikkonen, Hill and Hakkinen, who all took on an air of unflappable confidence after taking their titles. I think it’s probably the feeling that you’ve realised your potential and achieved what you set out to do, whereas Lewis and Fernando maybe feel their potential is going to waste and it burns inside of them.

      I’m sure when they were growing up and progressing through their careers, their objective was to win the World Drivers’ Championship and had it come to them in their late 20s, I suspect they’d have been happy with that like the others. Getting to the top of your sport aged 24 is bound to make you adjust your expectations. Getting to the top is no longer enough; now you want to dominate, to join the pantheon of multiple Champions and leave an indelible mark on the sport.

      It seems that these drivers who achieve so much, so young have a different level and kind of motivation and they seem to polarise opinion because of it (in the cases of Schumacher, Alonso and Hamilton. We’ll see about Vettel). With three such drivers at the sharp end of Formula 1, we’re in for an exciting decade!

      1. Robert S says:

        good point!

      2. Donald says:

        That’s interesting.

        I see Alonso as far more relaxed than Hamilton at not winning this season, especially given that his last title was 5 long years ago now.

        As a fan of neither, perhaps Fernando is more secure of his place as a great in the pantheon of F1 compared to Hamilton?

      3. I’d agree that Alonso seems the more relaxed of the two. I’d guess that it’s a combination of knowing that Ferrari are currently rebuilding themselves around him and being a double World Champion already.

        If you look at the other double champs (Ascari, Clark, Graham Hill, Fittipaldi and Hakkinen) they are all great drivers and Fernando will be happy to count himself among them. He’s probably also aware that all of the drivers with three or more WDCs to their name are proper legends and he’s got a great chance of joining them.

      4. TheLegend says:

        Probably because he knows that winning one more WDC will mean he is a legend, no matter what happens later. One more title and he will be at top 5, one of the Greatests, with more than 30 victories and only 3 drivers with more titles and only 4 with better “curriculum”.

      5. 69bhp says:

        i quite agree.

      6. Rob says:

        Nice post!

        It’s good that we follow a sport where the passion runs so high. We’d have nothing in this sport if the drivers didn’t have the deep seeded desire to win….

    4. Graham says:

      I think it was heightened this weekend though, when LH thought (quite rightly) that he could compete with Seb from the off but then due to bad luck/poor judgement in quali he was always playing catch up and ended up pushing a bit too hard. I think the outburst was just the culmination of a weekend that promised so much but went so very wrong.

    5. Smiley says:

      I find it interesting that Lewis’ character seems to have changed a little this year, he cuts a more frustrated figure these days. Is it only a coincidence that he has new management?

      I think that since entering the sport he felt he owed a lot to McLaren given the history he has with the team. However, the influence from his new management may be opening his eyes a little with regards to other teams and other opportunities. Opportunities leading to success.

      Don’t think that I am trying to take blame away from him, it’s his choice to feel aggrieved and point the finger but I believe that the mindset of a driver who sees a future in his current team doesn’t lead to him making remarks we all saw on Sunday afternoon in Monaco.

      1. I don’t think it’s any coincidence at all. I can understand his desire to be his own man, but I think these past few weeks in particular Lewis needed a proactive manager to step in and let him know when he was getting too heated or emotional. It would’ve stopped him saying any number of things he probably now regrets; the wild accusations against first Schumacher and then Toro Rosso, the open criticism of his team and Sunday’s train wreck of an interview.

        I think Anthony Hamilton took it a bit too far when he was managing Lewis, so he kept it all locked down and came across as a bit of a media drone at times. I like that he’s being a lot more human than he was, but it seems interviewers know they don’t have to work very hard to get a damaging soundbyte from him. I thought Lee McKenzie had ample opportunity to steer the interview away from the rocky ground it ended up on, but chose to give Lewis enough rope to hang himself. Whether you think it’s an interviewers job to do that is a matter of opinion, but I didn’t feel there was any need as it was immediately clear how Lewis felt.

      2. James Allen says:

        She was doing her job.

      3. She was, but will that result in Lewis being more guarded when talking to her in future? Lee is already in a high profile role and could be working with Hamilton for another decade. He’d already made the headlines with the Ali G joke, I just thought throwing him a lifeline might earn her some brownie points for another time.

        I’ve always imagined being an F1 journalist involves building up a rapport over a long time and that drivers will trust people who won’t quote them out of context or get them into trouble. I suppose there’s a difference between leading an interviewee into trouble and letting them go there on their own, which is what happened on Sunday.

    6. LT says:

      There’s no guarantee that RB will still be the team to beat come 2013

  7. Mike says:

    It takes some effort to front stewards, other drivers etc and apologise for an outburst. In the cool light of day he saw things look different and saw he needed to get on to fixing relationships. We should accept this and move on. I’m sure he will accept that “heat of the moment” comments do not help anyone’s cause and are emotionally difficult to deal with.

    Apology will smooth any ruffled feathers -well done Lewis.

  8. Johnny Talia says:

    Well done for apologising but not well done for the attitude and tirade to begin with. Lewis was never fully alongside either Massa or Maldonado when he tried to force his way through, and his post-race persecution complex was way out of line.

    1. jonrob says:

      No but this has established the dangerous precedent that it is ok to turn in on Hamilton if he even looks like he is going to try to overtake as both Massa and Maldonaldo did.

      There were other successful overtakes at the hairpin, Hamilton himself was overtaken there, he din not turn in on Schumacher.

      No, I fear that this means that any time anyone has a mishap it will be Hamilton’s fault. We are still waiting for Massa’s penalty for destroying Hamilton’s quali lap.

      Massa is being childish because was he stupid and tried to overtake Hamilton in the tunnel, now the is calling for further punishment of Hamilton. This is true “Old Ferrari”, win by any means, on track or off, if you cannot win cause as much damage as possible to your competitors.

      1. Peter C says:

        Massa tried to overtake Hamilton in the tunnel???

        Run it again. Hamilton was BEHIND Massa through Portier, so it was LH who did the overtaking.

        Also, I don’t believe that Massa ‘destroyed’ Hamiltons Quali lap, that was caused by McL cocking up LHs strategy. Massa went past as LH was in the pit exit road & when he caught Massa at the Casino, Massa pulled over to the right to let LH come past. Quite fair, I would say.

        The rest of your comments I agree with !!!!

      2. AndiD says:

        Correction, watch it again – Massa was exiting the pits as LH was starting his flying lap. Good timing by the red cars?
        I guess people see what they want to see!

      3. Peter C says:

        I watched it again. Are you looking for a red car conspiracy theory? Did Massa move over for LH or not?

        I guess people will see what theywhat they want to see!!!

      4. jonrob says:

        That’s one way of looking at it, I suppose :-)

  9. nando says:

    Wonder whether he acted on advice from the PR savvy Nicole and Fuller? If it were a Mclaren directive you’d expect a dull corporate press conference.
    I think Blatter has stopped this becoming an even bigger story.

  10. ronmon says:

    His PR person (plus team management) told him to do it and he complied. I seriously doubt that he really means it. He wrecked two guys and was minimally penalized, so he essentially got away with it while ruining both of their races.

    1. Paul says:

      Stop moaning, without Lewis F1 would be very very boring, He is without doubt the best F1 driver out there, Senna did some crazy things in his career but thats what makes them great drivers because they are always on the edge, put him in a red bull and Vettel will end up like Mark Webber 2nd or worst!!

      1. frosty001 says:

        without doubt to whom?

      2. F1fan says:

        Quite poosibly Vettel would be second to LH in a RBR team – but I can’t see Horner or Newey working with an arrogant driver saying the things LH says about McLaren at the moment. There is a reason why Webber hasn’t got a new contract i.e. “not bad for a no 2 driver”.

      3. James Allen says:

        This has been incredible. I reckon we’ve had over 1,000 comments in 48 hours since the race report went up!! And that’s just the ones that passed moderation – there were plenty that added nothing or were offensive. Apologies if the odd one slipped through, mod and I have been busy getting through them and me leaving replies where I can

      4. Constantijn Blondel says:

        Erm … I’d miss Lewis, but even without him there’d still be Button, Webber, Alonso, Massa (on his day), the likes of Kobayashi … not to mention folks like Kovy who are making it quite an enjoyable spectacle so far …

      5. TheLegend says:

        As i can remember, Fernando is the best out there, said by team managers and the rest of the drivers…

      6. Rich says:

        “without doubt the best F1 driver out there” – I doubt he is currently the best Vettel has a lot more points and at least in the last two races was not driving the fastest car on race day. The only race Vettel has lost was due to a poor strategy by the team. In terms of laps lead Vettel has more than 75% while Lewis only has 5%, only 1% higher than Nico Rosberg.

  11. Irish con says:

    James Allen I would like your opinion on whether or not You thought Hamilton deserved the 2 penaltys he got in the race. Your old buddy from the commentary box thinks he did but we havnt heard your own opinion. Would be appreciated as I respect your opinions greatly though I don’t always agree with them which I think is fair enough.

    1. AndiD says:

      It would appear that MB is changing his mind –

      “Having seen further footage not available to me in commentary, I do think that Lewis was treated harshly in the incident involving Pastor Maldonado, although that penalty didn’t affect his sixth place. He was all over the back of Maldonado’s weaving Williams down the pit straight and he should not have been surprised to have Hamilton moving alongside him into the corner. He should have left more space or covered the inside better. I would not have penalised Lewis in this incident.”

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/13606369.stm

      1. 69bhp says:

        agreed. Watched it again and Maldonado clearly knew Lewis was coming alongside and deliberately squeezed him.

        Would have worked if Lewis was a bit further back and could still back off, but since Lewis was already halfway alongside, the collision was inevitable.

        Lewis did all he could to avoid it (even running onto the inside kerb and hitting the cone) but there was simply nowhere else for him to go by that point.

      2. DC says:

        I read that too….I disagreed with Brundle during the race and was so animated and angry at the suggestion Hamilton had done anything wrong I was out of my seat….My wife was killing herself with laughter!

        I’m glad he changed his mind. Even Sam Michaels called it a racing incident! It was a clear 50/50 racing incident as any i’ve ever seen. Maybe 60/40 in Hamiltons favour as Maldonado should have seen him alongside before turning in.

        I noticed no one is giving Alguersuari
        a hard time over hitting Hamilton from behind, or Schumi for hitting his rear wheel…I think he got driven into by someone else too…I notice none of these have been mentioned by anyone. I guess they must be racing incidents!

  12. jonas says:

    Apologizing via Twitter … nice touch! It doesn’t do much to help erase the fact that he has suggested to the whole world – those who don’t read the specialized press at least – that the F1 is governed by racists. Once the seed is planted ….

    It was a sad mistake.

    1. Paul says:

      But right, there’s no smoke without fire.

      1. jonas says:

        well there we go … I rest my case!

      2. leslexx says:

        so you dont think some of the penalty he’s gotten since starting out in F1 leaves you sacatching your head sometimes?

  13. Kyle says:

    I genuinely can’t think of a less suitable communication medium for such an apology.

    None of us will ever find out if this is genuinely heartfelt or not unfortunately. To me this just reeks of PR-talk that’s been force fed to him and broadcast through the least endearing medium plausible, but at least it’s something and it definitely will help.

    The double negative in his first comment due to “txtspk” (or perhaps a cunning ploy? DUN DUN DUN) doesn’t exactly help matters either.

    James, I disagree with your comment that his apology shows that he realizes the error of his ways.

    It may indeed be true that he does, but not necessarily so and your comment implies this.

  14. Marcus Redivo says:

    Juan Pablo Montoya…

    Kimi Raikkonen…

    Who will be next high-profile driver to decide that the exhilaration of driving a Formula 1 car is no longer enough to compensate for putting up with all else Formula 1?

    1. Simon Donald says:

      Can’t see Hammy going to the US to only turn left. Ha I g said that I would have said the same about Kimi!

    2. GP says:

      I don’t know about that…

      Montoya actually ran into his team mate Raikkonen and never drove an F1 car again; He wasn’t even professional enough to train properly. Now, he’s competing with Tony Stewart as the fattest driver in motor racing… And how many races has he won in NASCAR? He knew his time was up.

      As for Raikkonen, what irony! When your employer pays you something like $15 million to get rid of you… And then sign his replacement and in the second year add another 5 years.

      Not good examples.

  15. d.h. says:

    Well at least he attempted an apology, but all I could think of after reading it was that 2,4,6,8 motorway song.

    Surely 160 characters should be enough for a half decent attempt at an apology, using a reasonable use of grammar and spelling.

    1. frosty001 says:

      There’s no reason to limit yourself to 140 characters. You only need to do that to be concise and in one tweet. Plenty of people will tweet a longer message over several tweets if need to by using ‘…’ to show the message is carried on.

  16. Robyn says:

    Perhaps it is my age, but I totally fail to see how an apology on twitter warrants this the support in this report. He was petulant, dismissive and arrogant. This apology has almost certainly been driven out of him as Schumacher’s was. His attitude was petulant, dismissive of fellow drivers and borderline offensive. A simple apology does not make up for something that is becoming rather common. He needs to grow up. His driving was suspect, his attitude worse and he is actually making Schumacher and Alonso look humble. He must look at himself and think.

    1. Armstrong says:

      Did he not learn his lesson from Richard Madely, it is v uncool to impersonate Ali G.

    2. Marcus Redivo says:

      I’m no spring chicken myself, but I work with lots of them.

      There was a time when an apology by telephone would have been seen to be as crass as one via Twitter is being perceived today by many readers here.

      Bear in mind that an ever growing segment of the population uses Twitter the way you yourself use a telephone. Hamilton is probably one of these; do not read anything into his choice of medium.

  17. Rafael L says:

    ugh, y does he have 2 write like a 13 yr old girl?

    1. **Paul** says:

      Because he whines like one too?

  18. Bill Ware says:

    Unbelievable…. He apologizes if his comments offended anyone?

    His attitude that it’s his dad-given (yeah, Anthony’s back) right to pass whomever is in front of him whenever he feels like it is going to get someone killed – hopefully not the other driver.

    He made the choice to save a set of tires in Q3 then blamed his lost chance on the engineers. He ruins two drivers’ races and blames any and everybody for being penalized.

    One day karma is going to catch up with Lewis Hamilton just as surely as it did Ayrton Senna.

    1. Stephen says:

      Silly, silly comment!

    2. Kieran says:

      Mods – can you remove the above comment. The implication that somehow Lewis Hamilton is going to kill himself in an accident is both extremely unpleasant and frankly sounds rather threatening.

      To disagree with someones actions is fine, but not to promise that they’ll die.

      1. j says:

        Threatening???

      2. Johnny Leone says:

        I believe the comment is valid. There are other examples in motorsport as well, Daytona 2001 being another.

      3. James Allen says:

        Most of your comments tonight are very unpleasant, offensive and add nothing at all to the discussion. So they’ve been deleted. Please stop wasting moderator’s valuable time – mod

  19. Ahmed says:

    Lewis is a talented driver, and has the speed & ability which no one doubts, however true Legends and Champions in any sport are also known to possess an ability to remain cool, calm, and composed under extreme pressure. This ability allows them to accept & take control of their emotions, think without rage and make the right decisions in critical moments.

    Hamilton almost expects the rest of the field to bow down to him, and just move over when he is behind. His attitude & actions, will only make drivers more determined to defend even harder in future.

    Did you ever see Senna, Schumi, Alonso, Prost etc call competitors “fricking idiots”? There was always a level of respect, even when they were furious.

    The aim of a penalty is to discourage a certain action (i.e. causing an avoidable accident), which he received for incident with Massa. Obviously he ignored that and showed disregard of the stewards and the penalty and took out another competitor, and took away Maldonado’s special moment and highest ever career finish.

    Therefore stewards should have handed a tougher penalty in order to kerb not only Hamilton’s behaviour, but to send a message out to the rest of the field and to younger drivers that there is a difference between aggression and dangerous driving.

    Hamilton is lucky not to have been further penalised and banned for a race or 2.

    1. KinoNoNo says:

      Obviously you don’t remember Senna trying to punch Eddy Irvine lights out.

      Or Schmacher storming down the Spa pitlane to Maclaren to sort out DC.

    2. 69bhp says:

      to be fair he didnt call Massa and Maldonado “fricking idiots”. He said the penalties were “frickin ridiculous”.

    3. LT says:

      What selective memory you have Ahmed….

  20. Kyle says:

    The thing I’m finding hardest to come to terms with in this whole debacle is the sheer number of people who state that their respect for Hamilton has increased.

    Personally I cannot fathom how people can condone his behavior during that interview.

    Hamilton’s honesty is commendable in some respects, but surely not in the form of his frankly petulant comments which are incredibly disrespectful towards several of his fellow competitors.

  21. Ryan says:

    Question is: Is Lewis sorry because he genuinely feels bad for what he did or said, or is he sorry only sorry for the negative attention that was brought upon him?

    I’d like to think it was the former.

  22. Mojo66 says:

    I agree, it was a smart move, hence I expect it to come from McLaren rather than from Hamilton himself. He’s an incredible driver, there is no doubt about that, but be’s causinging enough trouble on the track already, therefore I think he would be wise to keep his thoughts to himself and instead let others do the talking.

  23. Jeb Hoge says:

    I hadn’t realized that he took to Twitter as a primary, if not the only, channel for this communication. That’s a really clear way of taking ownership of his mess. It also (in my opinion) provides implicit approval to the public to hold him to the sentiments that he’s expressed.

    I said before, I hope Lewis has or will find a trusted advisor/mentor who can guide him along his path. I’ve often thought that bringing Jenson to McLaren was partly about Lewis, but that’s just my personal impression.

    1. James Allen says:

      It’s also a fantastic way of greatly increasing his number of followers. I bet he’s added 100,000s by doing this

      1. jonrob says:

        Unfortunately I very much doubt that Massa and Malvolio will acknowledge the apology, since only a small fraction of the world’s population uses twitter. If he does mean to apologise he must phone both the others.
        And in future keep his big mouth shut.

        His new management do not seem to be doing him any favours, I wonder what percentage they are on. We do not see any sign of his “people” on the telly now do they even bother to go? (or were they all at the golf?)

      2. LT says:

        I think he should have gotten a proper sports manager rather than a guy who produces Idol shows.

      3. Kieran says:

        James, why don’t you issue a heartfelt apology too? Don’t know what for, but it’ll add followers to your twitter account!

      4. MISTER says:

        Yeah, the kind of followers (whatever these are, since I don’t use twiter) that cannot see beyond a fake and poorly written text.
        Seriously, English is not my primary language but I choose to use better English then Lewis on forums and in chats with my friends.
        He should have the decency to take 1 extra minute and write a proper apology. There’s always spellcheck..

    2. He doesn’t actually use Twitter very often compared to other drivers who are on there, so I wouldn’t have said it’s a primary means of communication, but it does strike me as quite a ‘personal’ medium. If he’d given an apology on camera then it would almost certainly feel like he’d been pushed there. I suppose it’s possible that his management told him to apologise on Twitter, but given the tone I’m happy to give him the benefit of the doubt.

      It’s an interesting point about Button being brought to McLaren for Lewis’s sake. I’m not sure about him being a mentor as drivers are incredibly self-motivated and confident individuals and tend to shrug off prospective mentors at an early age (Schumacher and Massa being a rare exception). I do think though that McLaren wanted someone quick enough to push Lewis and keep him honest, but still able to deal with being beaten by him regularly. Someone who wouldn’t ruffle feathers and who could rise above any tensions that may arise. In that respect, Button was the perfect ‘second driver’ for McLaren and I suspect he could be at the top of Ferrari’s shopping list for 2013 for much the same reasons.

      1. MISTER says:

        Bringing the current world champion to play second driver..yeah right “rolling eyes”.
        I don’t buy that mate, but whatever makes you feel better when talking about Lewis.

        Imo, Lewis doesn’t need someone to push him. He is the most talented driver on the track and he is driven by his talent and not by others.

      2. I think McLaren had many reasons for hiring Button, but I do think the ones I’ve given there are among them. I probably should’ve said ‘other’ driver rather than ‘second’, but looking at Hamilton’s other team mates I think it stacks up. Lewis responded to the challenge of Alonso very well, but obviously there were fireworks. Conversely, it was all very harmonious with Kovalainen but being beaten by Lewis did his head in before too long and once his performances dropped, I felt there were races where Hamilton would’ve benefitted from either a faster team mate to try and beat or a more experienced driver to help with tricky setups (in the MP4-24, in particular). Button and Hamilton may drive very differently, but I’m told they set up their cars in a remarkably similar way, which can only benefit the team.

        Of course there are other reasons why Jenson was so appealing to McLaren and they’re big ones too, but just don’t relate to Hamilton. For starters, hiring the reigning Champion and keeping that number 1 on the car carries enormous cachet and will have generated a lot of money for McLaren through marketing and sponsorship. More than anything though, McLaren wanted another fast driver who would score solidly all year and was well capable of winning races. They know they haven’t won the WCC since 1998, despite having won two WDCs since then as well as losing the 2007 WCC thanks to Spygate. Button is a perfect fit for McLaren in so many ways, but I think being a calm, clean and quick teammate is one of them.

  24. Terrence says:

    Good. Let’s move on. He is a great driver and like many great drivers he only has one thing in mind- “winning”. I love him and he does/says stupid things @ times, but what would F1 be without Hamilton?

    1. James Allen says:

      That’s the best point anyone has made so far

      1. JW1980 says:

        Yes we should judge drivers more by their performance on the track than off it.

        Senna is being immortalised at the moment with the new film.

        Anyone around in the 80s/90s remember his less finer points?

      2. Jo Torrent says:

        I do and I really don’t like the way Senna is portrayed as a hero. He is not a hero and there are very ugly sides to his personality and the lack of objectivity of those documentaries is a shame really.

        Always easier to talk to people hearts than to their minds

      3. Johnny Leone says:

        Yes, I remember Spa 1987, Portugal 1988, Japan 1989, Hungary 1990, Japan 1990…

        How’s that for a start?

        Schumacher is vilified for Jerez ’97, but the yellow helmeted bullyboy is lauded for taking out his competitor at Japan in 1990.

        Go figure…

      4. boulay says:

        agree entirely, although we remember a few of the more aggressive/petulant/stupid things that schumacher, prost and senna did the main thing is we remember they were genius drivers. to get to the top of most sports one must be extremely driven and selfish and this will inevitably come out in the wash occasionally.

        do we really want a grid of bland corporate drivers who only overtake in DRS zones for fear of being penalised/crashing. i don’t. i want mad men trying to win races and pushing themselves and their cars to the limit. if that means we get to see a side we don’t want to marry our daughters so be it…

      5. Anshul Ahuja says:

        True we don’t want bland corporate drivers, but at the same time we don’t want sacrificing race drivers lives, and we don’t want to see dashing cars display at every race either.

      6. F1fan says:

        Last time I checked F1 had been around for 50+ years by the time LH showed up. There are currently 5 world champs driving in F1. What would F1 be without LH? Answer: F1!!!!

        LH has been benefitting from McLaren (or Ron Dennis) support for a period before arriving in F1, whilst Vettel has had the support of a “drinks company”.

        Why has he done so well? He has always driven for one of the biggest and best funded teams in F1 and he has almost always had a fast car under him. Remember when most people thought he would blow Button away. What happened that season?

    2. nickrich says:

      well said !

    3. Matt Cheshire says:

      True. It would be a catastrophe if LH got his wings clipped and became too cautious.

      Should we be grateful that F1 drivers aren’t stage managed more? They represent hundreds of millions in corporate sponsorship and it must be tempting to hand them scripts and gag them when the press is near.

      Its a shame Webber has been quiet for the last couple of races. Is he minding his manners while contracts are emerging?

    4. azac21 says:

      All good up to this point.

      But when you lose the respect of your colleagues (other drivers) because you either try to push them over the side of the road or rubish their driving ability publicly, things get more serious. I hope he has personally apologised to Massa and Maldonado. Twiting a few lines for the eyes of the fans is definately not enough.

    5. Mary says:

      Hear, Hear Terrence Never a truer word said.

      He has apologised , so on to Canada.

      F1 needs Hamilton and Fernando to start winning races to keep this season alive.

    6. bodmonk says:

      F1 would still be F1, like it was after Senna, Prost, Schumacher (at first!) etc etc …

      To say this is the best point made so far is a little insulting to everyone above.

    7. Jo Torrent says:

      F1 would be as great with or without Hamilton/Alonso/Vettel and whoever you know. We hail these drivers because the ones much faster than them have never put a foot in F1 car and sometimes in a car altogether.

      There is no one like Maradona in Football (Messi isn’t) and yet Football isn’t suffering.

      1. Armstrong says:

        Agreed, they’re all a bunch of glorified p.e. teachers / workshy fop’s with poor grammar

  25. Josh says:

    “2 Massa & Maldonado, with the greatest respect I apologise if I offended u. Both of u r fantastic drivers who I regard highly.”

    IF I OFFENDED U. Not a real apology, he’s covering his a*se. Being told to apologise doesn’t make it a real apology. It will take more than a false apology to get some respect back, and I hope it doesn’t bite him on track.

    Wonder if Pastor will make it easy when he is being lapped in Canada if Lewis is in the lead…?

    1. James Allen says:

      Who said he was told to? Why do you assume that?

      1. Josh says:

        James, Lewis was summoned back to stewards after whinging about being targetted. It was a formal meeting, not just him walking back to say ‘oh yeah, about that, sorry guys’.

        Apologising to the others? Of course he was told to. He has minders telling him what to do to put this to bed. Remember apologising for lying in Australia 2009? Dave Ryan was the fall guy there.

        Lewis, at his best, is the most exciting driver in F1. He is a demon overtaker and has, in the last couple of years, built his reputation after making few friends in his first few seasons.

        Petulant outbursts don’t help him at all.

        But, and here’s the important thing, it will all be looked over in a few weeks and we’ll all rhapsodise about how brilliant his overtakes are.

        Which is how it should be.

    2. Alexx says:

      Wow,

      Josh, u take things too seriously bud!

  26. Martin Horton says:

    I watched Lewis’s interview with the BBC after the race yesterday and he was clearly very frustrated and did go a tad overboard. I am glad he has apologized, but I think people are forgetting that Formula 1 is, in the end, about racing. When cars are racing around any circuit at very high speed and drivers are trying to pass each other, there will be contact. And at Monaco, the chances increase significantly.
    But let’s review some facts. Paul Di Resta tried to pass at the hairpin and he hit Jaimie – the result was Di Resta lost his front wing, Jaimie suffered no harm and yet Di Resta was also penalized. This is just absurd; if you hit someone and you hurt the other driver but are unscathed yourself, then there should be a penalty, but when you are the only one to suffer, the penalty is pointless. But having penalized Paul, the stewards then have to penalize Lewis, in order to appear consistent.
    Overtaking at a place like Monaco involves the coordination of BOTH drivers. It is interesting that Schumacher got inside Lewis at the hairpin, but Lewis didn’t turn in on him, which presumably would have resulted in MS getting a penalty. Similarly when Lewis overtook MS later, Michael didn’t close the door on Lewis, as Maldonado did later. I suspect that the drivers internally know where they are in the pecking order, and the good ones treat each other, and expect to be treated, with respect. Which is why Michael and Lewis didn’t touch. Similarly, Jenson and Lewis have fought side by side several times, but they haven’t touched, at least not enough to cause damage.
    Kamui is a good overtaker and is “forceful”, but when Webber passed him for 4th going into the chicane, Kamui didn’t turn in and take them both out, he skipped the chicane because he knew Webber had the jump on him.
    Massa’s interview after the race was incredibly disingenuous – as far as I can see, Massa hit Webber, damaging Massa’s front wing, BEFORE Lewis hit Massa – the Lewis/Massa impact hurt neither car. Massa subsequently went wide in the tunnel, due to his own self inflicted damage, but instead of lifting out on the marbles, he crashed AFTER Lewis passed him. So Lewis played NO part in Massa’s accident. Yet Massa was whining after the race like it was all Hamilton’s fault.
    I want to see F1 drivers with passion and a huge desire to win. And sometimes, when they don’t, their disappointment will get the better of them and they will say things to the press that were better left unsaid. But I would rather have that than a field full of second rate drivers with no fire in their bellies.
    And a final point, last year in Monza, when Lewis tried to go inside Massa on lap 1, he totally acknowledged it was his fault. But the next race, Singapore, when he made a brilliant pass on Webber, but Webber hit him in the left rear, ending Hamilton’s race, no one screamed for a penalty for Webber. We are 6 races into this season. There is absolutely no doubt that the Red Bull is the better car – and Yet Hamilton is ahead of Webber in the Championship. Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso are the real deal when it comes to F1 drivers, so let’s encourage the stewards to stop issuing traffic tickets, let’s tell the second tier drivers to stop whining, and someone explain to rookies that sometimes they need to get out of the way. If they are any good, their turn will come.

    1. TheBestPoint? says:

      Actually James, I think this is/these are the best point(s) made so far.

    2. Jason Evans says:

      Could not agree more with everything said in this post.

    3. David says:

      I agree with a lot of these points – particularly the fact that overtakes seemed possible at both the hairpin and first corner at other points of the race.

      Whilst my first reaction during the race was that Lewis was being overambitious trying to make his moves stick, I would love to see a side by side comparison of the successful moves between Schumacher and Hamilton, and the unsuccessful ones involving Massa and Maldonado.

      I think it’s wrong if the driver being overtaken can just turn in, knowing that the other guy will get the penalty.

    4. DC says:

      Your point is well made about both drivers being sensible during a pass.

      Racecraft works on both sides of an overtake, and the Maldonado penalty was shocking. People talk of Hamilton “punting” Maldonado off, when he did everything he could to avoid contact by running over the kerbs, Maldonado must have seen him next to him, why the hell did he turn in??? He was to blame and I don’t understand how anyone can see it differently..it was the same pass as Hamilton made on Schumacher, it’s just schumi was far more race savvy!

      The FIA stated that they were cracking down on passing like this, and I think it’s a terrible thing. Around Monaco you have to yield if the guy behind gets next to you, on other tracks maybe you can stick him in the run off, but Monaco needs a different type of respect and Maldonado showed none of it..he was beaten to that corner and didn’t know when to yield…

      He wasn’t paying attention and drove into Hamilton, it’s happened so many times before like that and only ever been called “a racing incident” the guy ahead has track position so is given a lot of leeway, but Hamilton was two thirds along side when Maldonado turned in…what the hell did Maldonado think was going to happen???

      The BBC commentary team surprised me as they immediately thought it was Hamiltons fault then during the reply Brundle backed down just a little bit…but with the Schumi pass (that was identical!) they were full of praise!

      That was inconsistent too, and for someone like me who isn’t an expert but just a fan I didn’t see any different between the two moves apart from Maldonados actions…so why was it deemed as Hamilton’s fault?

      I’m glad the penalty didn’t change the result. Justice was served at least at the end.

      1. MISTER says:

        Please have a look at the pass LH made on PM and then have a look at the attempted pass which FA tried on SV on turn 1.
        They are both the same up-to the point when Alonso choose to brake hard (and left DC without words and asking how did he managed to stop that car) and avoid a collision and Lewis diving in and forcing PM in the wall.

        Don’t get me wrong, I like Lewis for always pushing that car to the limit, and I wish everybody would do that, but I don’t like when he tries and blames the other drivers for his errors.

        Imo, Pastor had nowhere to go if he wouldn’t turn right into Lewis. At that speed, under braking and making a turn, Pastor would’ve crashed anyway.
        Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s how I see it.

      2. HansB says:

        +1

      3. F1fan says:

        I guess PM could have gone on the marbles. That would have been his duty – surely, then he would be accused of going to sleep or be frightened off the road.

        That was clumpsy by LH. How his front wheel stayed on I will never know. McLaren build proper cars these days, perhaps benefit of road car production.

      4. AndiD says:

        Q & A between Autosport and PM

        Q. Did you see him coming or did you just feel the bang?
        PM: No. I was just looking for my line you know and I just felt the crash.

        Q. So there was no way you were expecting him to pass you there?
        PM: No way. No, no.

        Asleep or not using his mirrors?
        Seriously was he was unaware LH was behind him?

        http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91869

    5. Tim says:

      Best post so far on this. Totall agree.

    6. Armstrong says:

      Good point except for the fist shaking at Schumi.

    7. F1fan says:

      ” treat each other, and expect to be treated, with respect”.

      What’s with all the hand gestures at Massa, Maldonado and Schumacher? A gesture of respect?

    8. GP says:

      Wow, I have to disagree on several of your points!

      “but I think people are forgetting that Formula 1 is, in the end, about racing.”

      Yes, it’s about racing, not crashing. Even though Vettel, Button and Alonso had better starting positions they still had to do a lot of passing during the race and completed their race without any contact, like many others. Racing is not an excuse for crashing.

      “But let’s review some facts. Paul Di Resta tried to pass at the hairpin and he hit Jaimie – the result was Di Resta lost his front wing, Jaimie suffered no harm and yet Di Resta was also penalized. This is just absurd; if you hit someone and you hurt the other driver but are unscathed yourself, then there should be a penalty, but when you are the only one to suffer, the penalty is pointless. But having penalized Paul, the stewards then have to penalize Lewis, in order to appear consistent.”

      The rule is about AVOIDABLE CONTACT. There is no sub-rule stating that the rule is optional depending on the end result. By the way, Di Resta admitted he was frustated with himself for attempting that pass. I guess maturity is not counted by your years in F1.

      “Overtaking at a place like Monaco involves the coordination of BOTH drivers.”

      Ok, but you’re leaving out the laws of physics. I understand that from a couch it’s difficult to do but when you’re in the car its’ all about physics. More on that later.

      “I suspect that the drivers internally know where they are in the pecking order, and the good ones treat each other, and expect to be treated, with respect.”

      The rules don’t allow for a “pecking order”.

      “Similarly, Jenson and Lewis have fought side by side several times, but they haven’t touched, at least not enough to cause damage.”

      Yes, but at another circuit. Let’s compare oranges with oranges.

      “Massa subsequently went wide in the tunnel, due to his own self inflicted damage, but instead of lifting out on the marbles, he crashed AFTER Lewis passed him.”

      Massa said that the damage caused when they made contact affected his car’s handling so it basically understeered into the wall. You probably don’t believe him since you say he was disingenuous but I’m sure you saw the parts flying off his car. Since F1 is now all about aerodynamics I find his comments totally believable and logical.

      “Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso are the real deal when it comes to F1 drivers, so let’s encourage the stewards to stop issuing traffic tickets, let’s tell the second tier drivers to stop whining, and someone explain to rookies that sometimes they need to get out of the way. If they are any good, their turn will come.”

      Whether a driver is a rookie or not, by the time they reach F1 they know exactly how the physics work. Unfortunately, if one has never driven at the limit on a race track, there is no way to know how it works and the consequences of not respecting them. Massa’s crash in the tunnel is the perfect example of what the physics will do when the line/adhesion/speed is/are suddenly altered.

      The speed through a corner is determined by the line a driver takes. Theoretically, you want to drive the longest radius through the corner. The driver is connecting 3 specific points, the turning point, the apex, and the exit. The driver’s job is to connect those 3 points at the fastest possible speed. And this is where it gets critical: if the driver is close to or at the limit, he needs the WHOLE width of the track to make it. Half the width is not enough. Three quarters of the width is not enough. He needs the WHOLE width of the track. It’s all about physics. This means that once commited to his line, which determines his entry speed (he’s at the limit of adhesion now) he cannot alter his line for 2 reasons: 1) the momentum of the car makes it impossible to change lines within the confines of the racing surface; 2) his speed requires the whole width of the racing surface. This is what non-racing drivers have never experienced. On public roads you are never at the limit of adhesion so you can alter your line any way you want and you’ll get away with it. Of course if the tarmac is very wet one can be unpleasantly surprised…

      If a driver initiates his passing manoeuvre a little too late, either too close to the turing point or after the turning point, the driver he is trying to pass has now commited to his line and cornering speed and needs the WHOLE width of the track. He can’t change them! A regular motorist will look at his telly and say why doesn’t he not get out of the way!? It’s because the physics make it impossible. This is why the passing driver has to be close enough and early enough to force the other driver to alter his line which in turn will force him to stay on the brakes longer as he now has to go slower since he’s not going to use the whole widht of the track. At Monaco, Hamilton made contact at, or very near the apex, which is too late for Massa to change anyhting. And this is why he was penalised.

      Another good example of the consequences of altering physics in a corner is the last corner crash at Indy this weekend. There was not contact between the passewr and the passee but the passer still ended up in the wall.

      It’s the physics…

      1. AndiD says:

        Thanks for the physics’ lesson – but this is motor racing – and motor racing is making the best of a compromised ideal solution.
        For sure, what you describe is the ‘fastest’ way to theoretically get around a racetrack – but then there’s reality.
        Early apexes, late apexes, different lines and speeds to get different results, to say nothing about the different car design philosophies. set-up and driver preferences, forcing deviation from the ideal ‘physical’ solution.
        This is what F1 drivers are all about – undercutting (JB on LH China, 2011) – going round the outside (FA on MS 130R, whenever – but totally amazing) – and many, many, similar brilliant driving moves.
        Otherwise, if everyone obeyed the laws of physics and maximised everything, you’ll just end up with a boring parade of shiny fast cars – not my version of what I want to see from F1 ‘racing’
        And the Monaco chicane is taken at about 50 kph – so we are back to what the rest of us ‘mortals’ experience at road speeds, only in a car that has amazing brakes, awesome grip and power – but compromised steering lock!
        Just watch the different racing lines around that corner.
        So it’s not as simple as physics and can’t be looked at simply from that perspective – there is a human element – and that’s what makes it worth watching.
        And it makes racing incidents a subject of endless discussions between varying opinions – even in physics there’s the Uncertainty Principle!

        Overtaking, anywhere DOES involve the coordination of BOTH drivers.
        The limits are so small and similar in performance between today’s F1 cars that ‘cooperation’ is needed – sometimes you just have to give it up and let the other guy through.
        He’s outfoxed you, conned you into being in the wrong place at the wrong time, has had a better drive through a series of corners – and he has the advantage over you – in short you’re beat! Give it up, let him by – and if you’re quick enough you’ll come back and get the overtake on him next time around.
        That’s racing – it’s not about I’m in front and the laws of physics say I’ll stay there.

        But then again I’m a romantic purist not a theoretician!

      2. LT says:

        IIRC, neither Vettel or Alonso had to pass or did pass anyone except backmarkers. They only got by Jenson because of his pitstop.

  27. Davexxx says:

    Phew! Glad Hammy has done this. I didn’t see the race but from clips it seems like he was more the ‘guilty party’ in both incidents so better to try to reconcile with the people he upset with his comments. But I also wonder which is better in this game – to be Mr. Nice Guy and say all the right things, or, be Mr. Mean who doesn’t ever apologise for anything: it often seems like the Mean ones become the hardest and can achieve things through the sheer caution other drivers have to give them because of that meanness! Many drivers especially looked out for the Red Car with The Red Helmet coming up on them during Shummy’s strong years – which can only have helped him get past them and score more strongly…

  28. RickeeBoy says:

    Lewis taking Massa title in 2008.
    Massa sent out to ruin Lewis’s quali on Saturday.
    A VERY, VERY angry Lewis driving much much quicker than Massa on Sunday.
    - Was there any other outcome ….. Lewis is aggrieved because faster driving is being penalised.

    Lewis is listening to his Manager – He doesn’t like it but for once he’s now listening – Is this a first ????

    ( PS He was electric round Monaco and his car control every lap up the ar*e of others was just so exciting to watch – Lewis …. the Stewards hate you … but I love a racer. )

  29. Andrew Myers says:

    While most of the attention seemed to be on the “joke” comment that he was being picked on , I was actually more offended by the way he spoke about the other drivers.

    I’m glad he’s made the apology, but to me Lewis has a fair way to go to restore his image. Even those twitter messages – he could have at least called them Felipe and Pastor, yeah?

    I’m a McLaren fan through and through, but I look at how Jenson conducts himself and then I look at Lewis and I just shake my head.

  30. Doug says:

    Good move, Lewis. I’m not his biggest fan, but wow he can drive. Everyone can have a bad day … it’s allowed.

  31. Toby says:

    I find myself in favor of Jackie Stewart’s idea of a driver’s coach for Hamilton after reading Hamilton’s comments. Hamilton is a prodigious talent on the racetrack, able to do things only a rare few would attempt. But, he must understand that such talent can be difficult either to accept or appreciate by others. Management of that talent is the key, and he may need a bit of help gaining some perspective. Certainly, criticizing other drivers isn’t the way forward. Joking about race is also a red herring. What makes Hamilton special is his driving, but he is young and will make, in the stewards’ opinion at least, errors on occasion. He needs to find a more constructive manner in which to vent his frustration with a particular situation. It’s easier said than done perhaps, but if he’s as concerned with his legacy in Formula 1 as he appears to be, he should find a solution quickly. Sooner or later, the various negative tags will start to stick, however talented he is.

    1. James Allen says:

      He doesn’t need driver coaching. I know Jackie very well and he’s always keen to make the point that great champions don’t make contact with other drivers, because if the had done in his day they’d be dead. But the cars are different now both in aero (harder to pass) and safety (can crash with impunity most of the time).

      1. Peter C says:

        By that logic, James, because the cars are different from JYS’s day, it’s OK to make contact with other cars because you won’t get hurt.
        Are you sure you meant what you wrote?

      2. James Allen says:

        No, only that this is what has happened since Senna and Prost days.

      3. Toby says:

        Sorry. I don’t mean coaching how to drive a car and I am fairly certain that my comments demonstrate that. I mean mind management in and out of the car. I know that he now has a new management team and maybe that will help. He seems to make a number of PR plunders related to how things go on the track. Certainly, I doubt it is good form to openly criticize other drivers and their talent and being an open self-promoter. This also occurred with his battle with Raikkonen in the rain at Spa in 2008, I believe.

        He certainly needs something or someone to help him at times. As I said before, he is an amazing racer and seems like a great individual, but his most recent comments, even as a joke, were a bit much. His situation is unique is many ways, but at bottom, he is a racer that we all love to see compete at the top level. I fear, whether you do or not, that over time, these comments and others will taint his legacy.

      4. Toby says:

        Also, as I recall, Stewart also referenced the idea of a driver’s coach and mind management after Hamilton hit Raikkonen’s car in the pit lane in Montreal. That incident seems to have little to do with aero efficiency and safety and more to do with recognizing your situation and managing your emotions.

      5. I’ve wondered if Lewis is losing a bit of his grounding without Anthony as his manager. He has a new manager now in Simon Fuller, but I imagine their relationship is very different.

        There have been a few occasions where I thought Lewis needed someone to put a hand on his shoulder and advise him when he’s getting near the edge (in interviews), but it’s been most notable this past week with accusations from Lewis flying towards Schumacher, Toro Rosso, his team and now other drivers and the stewards.

        I also know a few engineers at McLaren who say they have become increasingly uncomfortable in their debriefings with Lewis over the past year, as he’s directed more and more of his frustrations at the team. I can understand him wanting to be his own man, but I can’t help feeling that Anthony wouldn’t have let him vent his feelings like that.

        Cooler heads will prevail, Lewis!

      6. Tim says:

        Agree with this. I always think the golden rule in most things is: do your b****ckings in private, stay united in public. The best boss is the one who takes accountability for your screw-up in public but gives you the roasting in private. I always find that gains more respect.

        Lewis is in danger of forgetting this rule, and believing his own publicity, particularly if he starts to lose the respect of his team behind closed doors. Look at the difference to Jenson. Button isn’t as quick over a single lap, and he can’t hustle a car quite like Lewis, but he’s a team man, he makes mature decisions in the car, and he treats the twin imposters of triumph and defeat the same.

      7. I think you’ve summed it up perfectly there. Lewis needs to keep a bit more to himself and remember there’s a time for the carrot and a time for the stick. Vettel, we hear, is extremely demanding of Red Bull behind closed doors but there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that in his outward demeanour.

  32. RacerGil says:

    Dear James
    I am now completely convinced that Hamilton broadcast these apologies under duress. last year Vettel punted Button off in a completely bonehead move, which effectively killed his championship hopes. In years past we have seen the likes of Prost, Senna, Schumacher and many others do the same thing. Politically of course, there have been epic battles between the FIA and different drivers. What Hamilton said after the race was a mole hill by comparison to the battles between Senna and Jean Marie Balestre. What F1 is doing, is taking the most fiercely competitive drivers, in the most fiercely competitive motor sport, and try to button hole them into a pristine sparkling poster boys for large international corporations. For the most part it works, but sometimes the essence of the true road warrior spirit explodes through the seams of the Tag, or Boss, or Mobil, emblem. So from a sporting aspect, who cares if he is not politically correct? Who cares if he thinks Massa can’t drive, or heavens forbid Maldonado. Lewis thinks he is the best, and we as race fans need him to keep thinking that way. Just the same way Alonso thinks he’s the best. I mean he was involved in a race fixing scandal. So what? If I want politics, there is no shortage of it. I don’t need to find role models in F1. I need Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Villeneuve, Hamilton, Alonso, and other champions who all thought they were the greatest drivers to walk this earth, to give me the very best show I came to watch on track.

  33. Scudderite says:

    James, I would like to know why you think Lewis gets more penalties and for things other drivers get away with. I am not going to list the many many incidences of inconsistent stewarding; you must have the statistic at your fingertips anyway. But it would be great for an F1 journalist to turn their investigating antennae towards this strange arbitrariness rather than take the easy route and put the boot into Hamilton again, without examining what made him perhaps think these things. From reading a lot of F1 forums and reports of races in Barcelona and Monza, it is evident that Hamilton endures a lot of abuse thrown at him by the spectators. As you must be at the races, why do you not report on this? Do you find it acceptable? Surely those who hurl this kind of abuse should be escorted from the stands and given lifetime bans. Hamilton has to put up with this rubbish time and again, plus pummelling from the press, plus out of the ordinary penalising by the stewards. [mod]

  34. Scudderite says:

    I forgot to add, I doubt Hamilton apologised willingly – he was probably forced to by his PR, which is a shame as in my view, he needn’t have. He was right to be aggrieved with all that happened to him at Monaco (including the shenanigans of his incompetent – but only when it comes to Hamilton – team).

    1. James Allen says:

      Might have been Nicole who suggested it, you never know.

    2. jonrob says:

      He has PR?????

      I don’t think so, or they would have got him calmed down before the interviews maybe given him a tranquilliser (one of those dart guns)
      whoever they are they need firing.

  35. Peter says:

    He did the right thing in apologising. He’s clearly “cooled down” and had time to reflect on his outburst. Now he should move on and focus on Montreal.

  36. Ben says:

    Good on him for a quick apology, lets just hope he doesn’t stop trying those overtakes!

  37. Michael S says:

    Lewis needs to come to terms with Seb dominating… only then can he start to mount a comeback. I think the whole sport was all about LEWIS the wonder kid then with a blink a younger gun is taking what Lewis thought was his… He keeps saying dumb things like “RB is a just a soft drink company” and “my true rival is Alonso” as if this will break Seb down or mess him up mentally. Right now Seb is clicking on all cylindars and Lewis needs a deep breath.

  38. Jo Torrent says:

    I don’t believe Hamilton learned his lesson
    ************************************

    It’s not the mistakes as much as the attitude and whether he is keen to change it. If I hit someone and apologize it’s ok but if I hit him another time and a 3rd time, apologies will no longer mean anything, will they ?

    Hamilton apologized (maybe pushed by his team) for insulting his colleagues which is the least he can do. Did he apologize for his racing tactics, no. He didn’t and he deeply believe that he did nothing wrong and the other drivers were the one responsible for the crashes.

    It is not his mistake as much as the one of his elders. As you mentioned James, Senna introduced us to the ruthless tactics which consist of “either I pass or We crash, it’s up to you to decide”. Back then drivers were still weary of being hurt and most of them yielded to Senna which helped build his reputation and shape his successors.
    Schumacher copied Senna with ruthless and not usually wise tactics.

    Hamilton as a self-defined Senna-clone can’t help but be inspired by that ruthlessness. The problem Hamilton faces is that drivers from current generation don’t care about helmet colors or drivers status. They’re going to fight no-matter your status which makes it much harder to bully them into yielding.

    1. jonrob says:

      So it’s ok to block him in quali and turn in on Hamilton at any time in future then, now that the rules are clear? You are quite safe, for he will get the penalty.

    2. LT says:

      yes, of course you don’t Jo…….

    3. Martin Horton says:

      But it does matter who you are. To get a drive in an F1 car you have to be a very good driver, after all, there are only 24 slots. But of those 24, in my opinion, only 3 are great; Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso. Hamilton DOES believe, and in my opinion, with good reason, that he is the best. He creamed Alonso in his rookie year. Seb is great, but, apart from his win in the Toro Rosso in the rain at Monza (brilliant drive) has pretty much won from the front with the fastest car. If Hamilton were driving the RB and Seb the McLaren this year, I suspect Lewis would be leading by more than Seb is right now. But as I started off by saying, both drivers have to participate in a successful pass. Someone earlier quoted PM (they thought they were defending him) and said he didn’t see Hamilton coming. THIS IS MY POINT. If you think you can drive around Monaco slowly with Hamilton behind you and not expect him to try and pass, you are nuts. PM SHOULD have known Hamilton was there and if he wanted to block he should have stayed to the right. But he took the racing line but because HE couldn’t have passed, he just assumed Hamilton couldn’t either and never even looked.
      Hamilton is a racing driver and he was usually the fastest car on track, but he spent a lot of time driving around behind, what in his view, would look like people out for a Sunday afternoon drive. Back in the Motor Home when talking to family he probably says things like “If people can’t drive any faster than that, why do they want to race?” As far as I can tell listening to the whiners here, it seems most people just want the cars to follow each other around, and only pass during pit stops.
      It’s also interesting that another great driver, Alonso, said in a later interview that he had planned to see how Seb’s tires were doing but then planned a “do or die” with a couple of laps to go, and Seb would have opted for 18 points instead of 0. But there is no way Vettel wouldn’t have seen Alonso coming.

  39. PaulL says:

    It’s hard to know though whether he’s just embarrassed about his remarks and concerned for his image or rather at least equally sorry his eager driving cost Maldonado and Massa a result.

    The fact he’s so eagerly broadcasted to the world his reparatory efforts doesn’t really count in his favour I think. Apology is humble and empathic, not ostentatious.

    1. PaulL says:

      [mod] If his words didn’t fall on politically sensitive ears, it would have been quite funny and fair enough given how frustrating his race was.

      As for the collisions, I have only seen them once and my initial impressions were that they weren’t obviously unfair overtaking attempts. They were eager, and maybe if you take a chance you risk causing an avoidable collision and he did cost those two fellows a race result (in Maldonado’s case a much needed result).
      I would say that pushing off Timo Glock at Monza 2008 would be a more representative example of unfair driving.

  40. Rodger says:

    I don’t care what he says on his Twitter page. That’s all just for public consumption. If he doesn’t call them directly, or speak to them face to face there is no apology. Be a man Lewis, and say your sorry in person for the insults you made through the cameras.

    1. Steven says:

      You dont know wether he did or didnt…

      1. Rodger says:

        You’re right I don’t know. But if I was the one who was in Hamilton’s position. I’d have called or personally spoken to each of the drivers who I had insulted to apologize.

        And then if I felt the need to let the public know via twitter that I was sorry my statement would have to say that I had already spoken to those other drivers.

        The way the Twitter post comes across is as if that is his chosen medium to issue the apology.

  41. Jo Torrent says:

    Hamilton taking over from Barrichello
    ********************************

    We were used to having Barrichello complain from everyone and everything (especially Schumacher). In a week Hamilton almost stripped Barrichello of that leadership as he criticized in less than a week chronologically :

    - Schumacher who doesn’t make it easy to be lapped and Lewis won’t speak to him because he doesn’t want to loose his time or his breath

    - ToroRosso drivers who protect RBR drivers from their opponents

    - Massa (freeking stupid 1) who allegedly turned into Hamilton on purpose.

    - Maldonado (freeking stupid 2) allegedly turned 1 car length earlier into turn 1 than the normal racing line.

    - His team which came with bad tactics in Q3 and here I fully agree with him. He was likely to be P1 or P2 had McLaren been more conservative.

    In a week, our friend criticized quite harshly with his trademark class 5 drivers out of 24 some 20% of the field.

    As for his team, if he’s not happy with either their speed or tactics, he can jump ship to Ferrari. Alonso can remind him of Abu Dhabi tactics and this year challenger plus all the reorganization and the firings going on.

    Not only he is taking over the “Crash Kid” title from Vettel as Paul suggested.

    To add insult to injury, he does everything with an air of superiority and arrogance packaged into a streetish vocabulary.

    Still, I think he will win Montreal not that he is the best but he has the best car for that circuit plus he’s quicker than Button.

    1. Jo Torrent says:

      Hamilton acted as if Monaco belonged to him and that only his freaking team tactics or freaking faster cars can deprive him of his freaking throne.

      1. azac21 says:

        Well said.

        Sometimes I also wonder about it…. does he think he is still racing on PS3 or something?

    2. **Paul** says:

      As per Twitter Jo I agree in general.

      Although I think placing sole blame on his team for Q3 is harsh. It was Lewis who messed up his lap when Massa was a mile infront of him, and if he as a driver wants 2 runs in Q3 to guarentee a shot at pole position then he should be relaying that to the team, not sitting there accepting it. This is one area where the likes of Button, Webber and Alonso far excel Lewis.

      1. azac21 says:

        Yep. At the end of the day is the same team that did the job for him in qualifying and race at China…

  42. Ed says:

    It doesn’t show anything about being wrong. It is just the modern day F1 public relations machine in action. He just spoke his mind and made a joke. Wish the other drivers did as well. You can keep your polite robots.

  43. Karl Hurd, Campbeltown says:

    Lewis, just a big baby who spat his dummy out the pram, needs to grow up.
    It was a race, what did he expect, if he wanted past other cars that had every right to stay on the racing line, then he has just shown the world that if he was in a less competitive car and was always in the middle of the pack he would not have been world champ. This weekend just proves that the car is the champion not the driver

  44. Bollo says:

    Welcome back to Earth Lewis.

    You needed to do that.

    Kudos to you.

  45. Malcolm says:

    It’s unfortunate that Lewis felt that he had to make an apology, regarding comments that he may have made regarding Massa and Maldanado, but that’s the reality and different standard that he has been subjected to. The outrage by many of his detractors is to be expected, if Lewis may make a negative comment regarding his fellow drivers. That standard and sense of outrage surely didn’t apply to David Coulthard, when he reffered to Anthony Davidson and teammate Takuma Sato’s cars as the stupid Aguris, because they were getting in the way while being passed…….no furious debate here. How about Mark Webber, blaming vodka drinking Raikkonen for spoiling his run during Q3 at the 2009 British GP, when he said, ” Kimi was, I don’t know drinking some vodka or dreaming or something, and couldn’t have done a better job of distracting me “……no furious debate here.

    No apologies necessary for Coulthard or Webber, but Lewis…..now that’s a different story.

  46. Luke R, Austin TX says:

    I wish I could remember the driver. I want to say it was Alonso, but I’ll never forget the image: Lewis finishes the race on the podium, and while waiting for the trophy presentation, sees the camera on him, so he uses the moment to make sure the world knows how much of a gentleman he is and turns to his competitor to give him an attaboy.

    To me, his Twitter apology rings equally as hollow. His whining after the race was the whining of a spoiled child, and he drove with equal grace. If he wants to keep it up, he should come over here and bang fenders with Montoya.

    Lewis has fhe capacity to be one of the greatest ever, but not if he thinks the world owes it to him.

  47. Nico says:

    James u r completly ridickulosly stoopid.

    2 James I apol0g1se if I offend3d u. we k00l nows?

    Bit crass but you get the point. Lewis is [supposed to be] a role model to the kids and he’s all over the place. I think he is the best talent on the track but it seems to me he has some serious issues off of it.

    2009 Australia / Liegate showed not only that he was willing to bend the truth to get ahead, but that he would lie to penalise one of his fellow drivers. I think that is an important distinction, and is the definition of sporting behaviour or lack thereof.

    I like to consider myself a fairly unbiased viewer but it’s really hard not to feel aggrieved against Hamilton’s continual poor behaviour towards his fellow drivers.

  48. CH1UNDA says:

    Back to PR Man Lewis – hopefully we are all happy now and this can be brought to a close

  49. Douglas says:

    Brilliant news. He’s an inspired driver who has never really mastered the media, unlike for instance Alonso. Bury the hatchet and move on.
    Considering his formative years have been spent in a spot-light blitz, LH has still got a bit of growing up to do,: he probably has to dig deeper than most to overcome all perceived obstacles, that confront him.
    Wish him well and back on form for Canada.

  50. Bill Day says:

    Twitter. Good grief.

  51. Scott says:

    It’s amazing, as Martin Brundle so rightly pointed out, with Lewis, it’s always someone else’s fault. In his heyday with Ferrari, Schumacher never got caught out by team strategy, they worked together, if McLaren trusted Lewis’ ability to think clearly about strategy, they would have listened to him, and sent him out early in qualifying. Paul Di Resta taking responsibility for the incidents he was involved with showed a level of maturity far beyond that of Hamilton’s.

  52. Jolene says:

    I commend Lewis for apologising. I am a huge fan of his and although his comments might not all have been wrong, some of the sports fans are not yet ready to hear non PR comments. Its not easy to be the lesser man, good on you Lewis!

  53. Benjamin says:

    An F1 driver should be competitive. It goes along with great beliefs in his own abilities. This will probably come over as arrogant.

    But Hamilton, in my perception, is also smug. He thinks he’s cool, he shows off. And he acts like he has a birthright to win everything.

    Having an awesome first two years in F1 with a top team hasn’t helped in making him realise that talent isn’t everything.

    The fact that he is the British press’ favourite doesn’t help.

    1. clyde says:

      Well said

  54. F1Fan4Life says:

    Geez…i wish I could apologize for my transgressions on Twitter and get off the hook :P Seems much simpler.

  55. Nesto says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t believe he thinks they are fantastic drivers that he regards highly. Also, this apology was delivered through Twitter ? HAH!

    1. nando says:

      Welcome to 2011.

  56. Robert Powers says:

    Now we go to Canada which brings back such happy memories for Lewis…you bet I was appalled after witnessing such a display and then to hear rhetoric us Americans are only TOO familiar with nowadays.I complained about his “amnesia” again.I could also mention his 35-point advantage he famously squandered,albeit as a rookie.It takes all kinds in F1,and I firmly appreciate them all.The media will never change,so it’s up to the drivers.You know how you have to be ready as you turn into Mirabeau in case someone has spun there?You also need to collect your thoughts before speaking into a microphone.It’s hot+you are mad.Here is a textbook example of this phenomenon.

    1. StallionGP F1 says:

      17 points you mean not 35 points

      1. Robert Powers says:

        He was 35 points up on the eventual winner,Kimi Raikkonen.Not that he led the Championship by 35,no.

  57. kevin says:

    He’s hard to love. He needs the firm hand of his father to pull him back in line.

    1. Johnny Leone says:

      Or for Jean Todt to say “enough is enough”. Bringing the sport into disrepute, especially with this guy’s history (Oz 2009, cheating AND lying about the cheat; a few more as well) should merit at least a one-race ban.

  58. Jomy John says:

    edit: The fact that Hamilton has apologised in this way, following his apology to the stewards for questioning their integrity on Sunday night, shows how good his PR team is!!! (cheeky)

    Formula1 should allow drivers to speak what they really want. Everyone wants to be correct and nice but there is a dark side to everyone!

  59. Ivan Julian says:

    What a dreadful shame that someone so highly paid, and clearly so highly intelligent, feels the need to replace the word ‘you’ in his tweets with the letter ‘u’.

    Perhaps I’m guilty of sounding like my father (curse that all sons come to lament at some point in their lives) but my view is that good spelling and grammar completes the man – especially during an apology.

    Other than that, James?

    Very nice post race interviews, as always. Young Sebastien was really quite excited, wasn’t he?

    Something in my gut feeling tells me that Lewis Hamilton might be going the way of Jan Ulrich, the famous Road Cyclist.

    Back in 1997, Ulrich won his first Tour de France and hes was clearly the strongest rider in the world of pro cycling, and everyone predicted he would be one of the all time greats.

    Then Armstrong came back from cancer, and Jan Ulrich finished 2nd in le Tour to Armstrong on 5 occasions.

    My point being? Ulrich was indeed the rider of a generation, until an even greater rider of a generation came along… and I suspect that’s what’s happening to Hamilton vis a vis Vettel.

    1. James Allen says:

      That’s a very interesting point. Vettel has usurped Hamilton’s position in many ways. And he continues to surprise with what he can do; make a set of tyres last 50+ laps, hold off Hamilton in closing stages in Spain, always find the lap in qualifying. Yes he has the best car, but not always in the race and he’s clearly still improving. Most F1 people I listen to still reckon Hamilton is better. But Vettel is changing minds, no doubt

      1. enzofan says:

        I agree somewhat with you James, I am fan of Hamilton but I can see that he feels really threatened by Vettel. Vettel has taken some of his records and most experts agree that Vettel is probably the fastest driver in f1, but not necessarily the best (Alonso). At 23 he is younger and therefore has more time to improve. With Hamilton I think the frustration is beginning the affect his driving,the McLaren was the faster car in both Spain and Monaco based on race pace but Vettel again managed to win. At the moment, although Vettel is probably quicker in terms of raw speed in comparison to Hamilton, I still think that Hamilton is the better racer although it is very close, with Vettel ever improving.

      2. TheBestPoint? says:

        Vettel is very good – one of the best. however he is getting time and space to thrive and improve due to Webber’s poor form (and contract re-negotiations?) leading to an extremely uncompetitive teammate.
        Vettel as defending champion in the fastest car (none of the last 3 defending champions had this advantage)is being nurtured to even further greatness. so direct comparisons will not be like for like andremain inconclusive for now.
        i’m really interested in the team behind Vettel.
        They appear extremely clever especially his engineers. Perhaps Adrian and co, apart from being the genius behind the car, bring valuable knowledge of the working practices, personalities (does whitmarsh actually have a personality?), processes e.t.c of their Mclaren counterparts which allows Redbull out-strategise Mclaren time and time.

      3. Alan Dove says:

        for me to become known as better than Hamilton, Vettel need to beat a top-class team mate.

        Hamilton has beaten 2 reigning driver world champions in the same car. A greater achievement in my opinion than the overall title as the overall title is largely car dependant.

      4. mo kahn says:

        Wasn’t Ron Dennis and the entire team rallying behind Hamilton when Alonso was there? China was a clear example. Ron is a good riddance to bad F1 Rubbish. Alonso is a classic example of Mclaren’s loss and Ferrari’s Gain. So, he is in a far better place. And you know what Alonso is capable of in a second best car (last year) compared to what Hamilton can do in a car (this year) which has a far better race-pace than Redbull.

      5. nando says:

        Dennis certainly wanted Hamilton to win the title after Alonso [mod] the team. The FIA wouldn’t allow Mclaren to favour one driver though.
        The Mclaren doesn’t have a far better race-pace than Redbull either that’s just total nonsense, it was probably quicker in Monaco although Webber set the fastest lap on fresh rubber.

      6. F1fan says:

        Vettel will win this year because:
        LH doesn’t have the tyres
        MW doesn’t have the pace
        JB doesn’t have the pace
        FA and MS don’t have the cars
        None of them have Vettel’s quali pace.

        Vettel can make his package work best.

    2. michael c says:

      Because of the 140 character limit on twitter posts. Words are often abbreviated to get more into the message.

      I also hate to see the english language butchered but in this case it is appropriate.

      I did wonder where his management was when I saw the post race ‘interview’. They are paid a lot to look after Lewis, and given that he is prone to playing the blame game it would be useful if someone would actually manage him.

      I am a fan of LH, although not a twitter user and it was painful to see his reaction after the race (and in the week leading up to the race). His frustration is clear to see and he has trouble with handling that in public.

    3. Stephen says:

      Granted he’s a hell of a driver but what makes you think he’s so highly intelligent? If he was so intelligent I think he’d be more proactive when it comes to strategy and maybe he wouldn’t find himself in the situation he was in after Saturday’s qualifying.
      And I can’t think of another top driver who so openly criticizes his team when things don’t go his way.

  60. Jon says:

    Check out the PlanetF1.com winners and losers section for journalism at it’s worst. Blatant fanboyism.. I guess we should thank F1/Pirelli for putting on a race like that, which gets everyone talking.

    I enjoyed Lewis’ drive up until the points he was a bit over aggressive, especially with the Williams. This is Monaco..

    Humbling moments for Lewis.. yes you are quick, but the world doesn’t revolve around you or your fans.

    Overtaking can be entertainment but I am sure you wouldn’t want to yield positions in the name of entertainment, so why would anyone else want to do the same thing? F1 is tough competition, nothing is handed out, you have to earn it.

    Lewis’ frustration stemmed from the poor result, not the penalites, in my opinion. The penalties just added salt into the wounds.

    1. KinoNoNo says:

      I gave up on that site years ago.

  61. Bello Mahmood says:

    Fantastic piece James. straight to the point. :D

  62. marko says:

    Hear, Hear James :) Its a big man who admits his mistakes as there are not enough apologies in the world today.

    To be number one in such a sport as Formula One, a driver needs to be self-assured and assertive but also needs to respect their fellow competitors. Sure, people like Schumacher are perceived as arrogant, but I have read your biography on him and I found that you can’t always judge accurately because you don’t know what’s going on in their brain.

    I think Lewis’ driving style is awesome and much like his hero Senna and I hope he continues in that style but in a measured fashion. Remember that Lewis is still young and learning but he has fierce and capable competition with Vettel, Button, Alonso, Webber, and Rosberg so I am sure we will see other incidents of contention in future races.

    What a great season so far – I just wish they had kept the same tyres on after the red flag restart to just see how good these boys really are!

  63. Simon Fuller says:

    I made him do it.

    1. michael c says:

      You need to be more proactive in my opinion. Or is LH too big for you?

    2. Ashwin says:

      We din’t know it ;)

    3. F430-FOX says:

      Cool, can you also make him use his brain more and his mouth less? Thx

  64. Red5 says:

    Good to see and hear Lewis doing the right thing.

    I’m surprised the McLaren PR people didn’t catch Lewis after the race and calm him down. Before he ran his mouth off to the world.

    Have to say, Button was much more philosophical.

  65. Jonathan Chan says:

    He’s a World Champion.. He want’s to win.. The frustration of Vettel and Redbulls dominance is cLear to see, he needs a faster car.. Simple as that.. Monte Carlo is a track where he could have grabbed a potential win, he didn’t the team made it difficult in quali and thus all this frustration affected the way he drove.. Lewis is entilted to feel the way he does, he’s watching Sebestian walk away with it..

  66. Les says:

    He needs to get himself under control; while I appreciate passion, he is in danger of alienating himself.

    Jenson was superbly controlled, magnanimous and diplomatic in defeat (though if you read those twerps in PlanetF1 they seem to think that’s a failing). Lewis could learn a thing or two from him.

  67. Dino says:

    Bravo!

  68. DC says:

    He didn’t deserve the penalty for the Maldonado incident. Look at this still image comparison with his pass on Shumacher. Schumi showed some race craft and gave the move room….Maldonado showed how much of a rookie he is….I’m shocked people think it was Hamilton’s fault.

    http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/3530/6a42e56c4c.jpg

    I think he has apologised for his comments which is fair enough but he owes no apology for his driving.

    1. Peter C says:

      That certainly proves that Maldonado didn’t turn in early – he was on a normal racing approach to Ste.Devote. Hamilton appears to be along way back at the end of the pit ‘straight’, so it looks like a move that was destined to fail.

      As Jonrob said, people see what they want to see.

      Liuzzi fan…!!!!

      1. DC says:

        It didn’t fail against Shumacher. And Hamilton was two thirds up the inside before Maldonado turned in. It’s about situational awareness and Maldonado didn’t have any.

  69. nickname101 says:

    so cowardly hiding behind a slew of tweets is nowadays a praiseworthy form of making amends!!, the so-called apology could easily have been written by his PR people. The degree to which the articles author seeks to help him in his overt efforts at damage-limitation in the article is disappointing to say the least but I can’t say its unexpected since he has a vested interest in not displeasing LH largely British fan base , the same people that are expected to buy the end of year book

  70. Ashwin says:

    The media personnel are the ones to blame here. Why go run behind the drivers immediately after the drivers end their run. Their heartrates are yet to come down and just imagine, they do take time to calm down on their emotions… The same thing would have happened last year with Vettel, after he took out Webber.. The media just wanted something out of him, and God knows why was the sign used after the incident..

    I suppose post race, the media are given their time to interview the drivers. But they just need to get their TRP or whatever, the exclusiveness.. And these sort of things end up happening.

    James,
    One question. How were the accidents “supposedly” caused by Hamilton in Monaco 2011 different than 2010 Singapore GP, where Webber finished off Hamilton while Hamilton was overtaking.

  71. phil says:

    Hi James

    I have heard a few comments about the future of the Monaco GP and whether it has a place in todays F1. It is usually suggested that Monaco is the jewel in the F1 crown. However, these comments are always from people who have been going to Monaco for years fueled by nostalgia of previous happy occasions.

    I have watched the Monaco GP on TV and read about this famous race since 1977 but have never actually visited the Principality. It is always a race that I want to see on TV, and the BBC and previously ITV have done a wonderful job in recent years to convey the glamour and celebrity of this great race to fans around the World.

    However, as a TV viewer the race itself is usually a boring procession because there are few places where a modern F1 car can actually pass. Lewis’ driving on Sunday is like mine on the PS3 where you can push the car out of the way.

    In the old days when the cars were less reliable you couldn’t predict who was going to win. Reliability also affected the number of cars running at the end of the race but in this modern era where reliability is paramount, unless you are on Pole it is pretty hard to think anyone else is going to win.

    Mclaren must be kicking themselves for not getting Hamilton#s qualifying correct on Saturday and then not putting Button on the hard tyre earlier in the race.

    My feeling is that F1 will always go back to Monaco but for the fans the race will be a bore unless you are actually there.

  72. giorgio0078 says:

    may it sounds odd but I’d agree with levis.. keep it up..

  73. Steven Pritchard says:

    Its very nice of Lewis to apologise (and at least he has done it), but I believe the damage has already been done – you can’t keep saying what you like them apologising later (“whoops officer, I didn’t mean to smash that shop window with this brick”).

    Lewis has a selfish streak that he needs to control, as Brundle says, everything that goes wrong is not someone else’s fault. The problems for Lewis started on Saturday afternoon, ask yourself why didn’t Buttons side of the gararge only risk one run? The only difference is driver input.

    Lewis is probably the most talented driver on the grid, and one of the fastest ever in modern formula1. In the old days, drivers were not as exposed to the media as they are now, but times have changed, the sport is so much more professional and open than it used to be, and Lewis needs to take ownership of his own actions and think before he comments. Frustration on a racetrack can be dangerous.

  74. giorgio0078 says:

    fans don’t need very corporative sport..

  75. Mike24 says:

    “He …mmm …misled me.” (whew! got it out. wish PR had arranged for a teleprompter, it’s so hard remembering and saying things that aren’t wording I’d ever have come up with myself.)

    A competitive man can’t reverse himself on all points like that when he felt so strongly about it yesterday. It’s like two different Lewis Hamiltons speaking.

    Think it’s just PR, whereas the interview was sincere. Maybe he loaned his phone to McLaren PR or his manager and they typed those tweets out, or else he was ‘advised’ what to say or just did his own PR, but it’s not what he really has in his heart. The interview showed what’s in his heart.

  76. David Turnedge says:

    The odd thing is, although I am not a Hamilton fan, he’s a hard driver and I saw nothing wrong in his original comments. His Ali G jibe was clearly a joke, albeit a cynical stab, but hey – he’s young, he’s a world champ, he was racing and was annoyed.

    I would rather drivers talk like this than give the diplomatic PR speak we’re usually hearing from drivers.

  77. AlexD says:

    A well prepared message track by PR people.

  78. Sandeep says:

    So james,do you think f1 needs hamilton more than hamilton needs f1?

  79. Paulinho says:

    Yet again F1 stays in the headlines, Bernie must be counting the money :-)

  80. Steven says:

    He should have backed off on the maldonado incident, he was way too far back to make that move sick on that corner. But I dont see why he got penalized for Massa’s crash. Felipe crasehd all on his own in the tunnel, and he clearly turned in sharper at the hairping to block Lewis.

    P.S. The reason why he used “text speak” on twitter is that on twiiter you have character limit, you can only use so many letters to post something.

  81. KK says:

    This apology was definitely forced upon him by the McLaren team and as DC rightly said in the Beeb post race forum, McLaren drivers somehow have the freedom to speak their mind which was not the case when he himself along with Kimi were driving for them. Anyways, I half buy the theory because Jenson is behaving like a grown up as he found better ways to defend his team’s what looked like a strategic blunder before the SC period.

    Hamilton is not gonna change, its in his DNA to blame others as he expects to be given way everytime because he thinks he’s fighting for the WDC and others like Massa n Maldonado ain’t. Part of his problems root from the fact that he was given a race winning car at the beginning of his career which made him arrogant and selfish. I don’t expect drivers to show lack of aggression but there’s difference between that and controlled aggression, the latter being Vettel’s foray as he has improved a lot from last year. Please don’t mistake the word error-prone by aggression.

    Finally, Hamilton needs to get Vettel out of his nerves and should concentrate on his job henceforth. Chances are that he might fare better.

    KK

  82. Stevie P says:

    I’m still getting over the irony of the following:- What were the first words out of Lewis’s mouth in his interview with Lee McKenzie? That’s right… “you can’t overtake around here”.

    Well hey, you said it Lewis!!!!!

  83. Darren S says:

    Taking a slightly different tack – Lewis has complained of being hauled before the stewards 5 times in 6 races. He caused two separate accidents in the race which he was lightly punished for (you could make the point that he had no punishment for the Maldonado crash – I was half expecting a grid drop from the stewards for Montreal). If this was any other sport (think football – soccer or rugby league), it’s likely that he’d have been yanked out of the game (red card, sending off) or suspended. Should F1 consider implementing something similar? If a driver is consistently falling foul of the rules, should he be allowed to continue on to ruin another driver’s day, or start with a clean slate at the next race?

    I should make the point I am not aiming this personally at Lewis; rather, at drivers who string together transgressions or repeatedly exhibit the same behaviour and don’t learn from it. Currently it’s Lewis, but in the past we’ve seen Vettel, Sutil et al all with bad spates. And then there’s the likes of Ide, if you want to go to look at the extremes.

    Does anyone else think something like this would be useful? Or should one weekend be a clean slate from the last?

  84. Charlie B says:

    “I never meant to offend no1″, double negative Lewis. So he did mean to offend somebody, but who?

    1. Rich says:

      So correcting for the negative it could read “I meant to offend everyone”

  85. Thebe says:

    James,
    My view on the Hamilton thing, this is going to drag on and on and on. The guy apologised, is this a genuine apology? maybe maybe not. How many F1 driver’s comments are not just PR exercise. F1 is a very pressure intensive environment and sometimes drivers get frustrated and end up making mistake like the one made by Hamilton . This is nothing new in my mind. This guy is very frustrated because he is in F1 for one thing only Winning races!! and at the moment he is not doing that.

  86. Sergio says:

    First of all I apologize for my English.

    - Hamilton arrived in F1 with the strongest team in 2007 from the hand of Ron Dennis. No one has had an equal chance.
    - Hamilton complained in a press conference in Monaco 2007 saying it was No. 2. A newcomer complained about his team in front of the world. Was punished for it? They called whiner?
    - In Nurburbring Hamilton left the track and a crane rescued him. From that moment crane rescues banned.
    - In Hungary 2007 Lewis Hamilton insulted Ron Dennis by radio. He did not obey this rule of equality that was anything but fair and that moved Alonso to do what he did tired of injustice. Ron Dennis continued defending Hamilton. We know his famous: “We Were Not racing Raikkonen, we where racing Alonso”
    - In 2007 Japan. Lewis Hamilton brakes hard after the safety car on a rainy day. Since the GP is prohibited shake after the SC.
    - Australia 2009. Lewis Hamilton lied to the stewards in a SC issue with Trulli.
    - In Malaysia 2010 Lewis Hamilton changed direction several times on the main straight to avoid Petrov’ overtaking. It was not sanctioned.
    - Canada 2010. Hamilton qualified almost out of gas and makes the pole position. The stewards permitted that lap (knowing unfair advantage) and prohibited to repeat it.
    - Valencia 2010. Hamilton overtaked Safety Car. Fernando Alonso a lap before was going with him and but no replays at all. Whiting penalized with drivetrough when the penalty will no longer have consequences. Which fulfilled the law went badly and that the breach came out ahead.
    What matters Monaco 2011? It’s a surprise that you defend him?
    Ron Dennis had more to do with Lewis Hamilton as you. In fact it was his patron, his godfather. Know what I mean? Equality? Look, all these evidences are useless. Now an apology is enough to be forgiven again. Preferential treatment? Not true? There are no feelings to criticize Hamilton, there is real evidence of injustice and unequal treatment among others. Who should apologize are the English media to manipulate the sport year after year.

    1. LT says:

      The English media are no worse than the Italian and Spanish medias. I’m sure James (being English media mind you) can attest to that.

      1. Sergio says:

        I totally agree, but everything I said in my previous comment has been due to power and influence of a English press that clearly influences the decisions of Governing bodies and teams in F1, also formed by a large amount of English. The FOM right now is not conducted by independent groups that broadcast the GP in each country. They are the same around the world but Japan. Everything I said is nothing if you don’t read the large amount of offenses committed by Hamilton without consequences. Now I say go back to read the evidence of the impunity of Hamilton and think if a driver is favored by the powers that be. Hamilton is a great product since it entered F1 could not lose. He is an investment and a symbol. All this means that some drivers may be the best, must fight against something more than against other drivers, something that converts a complaint in a fair claim and vice versa worldwide. Is it a Whinner or its defending fair cause? English media decides.

      2. nando says:

        I think you’ve seen from the FIFA that the British media has very little influence over major organisations. The British media has hardly stopped Bernie trying to stage the Bahrain grand prix. You’re just presenting what is largely opinion as fact.

      3. Sergio says:

        Sorry I don’t get your suposedly argument. You can read the facts about Hamilton. You can try to investigate cause and effects or just say, no or yes. No one has the same Curriculum vitae in F1 as Hamiton does and for sure, you can bet all your money if Alonso had it, right now he would own at least 2 more Championships. But from Ron Dennis to Max Mosley and Charlie Whiting or even the “naïves” Replays from FOM, they wrote those facts. Well, now you can seat, can get the James Allen (ITV 2007 commentator) article of Hamilton and turn back again to read all Lewis Hamilton’s ilegalities and all the English Headlines. When you finished: please try to think.

  87. David says:

    Hamilton’s motives and sincerity remain invisible to a skeptical public. If he were to communicate these apologies face-to-face with his colleagues, that would quell some doubts. (But would we ever know…? Should we?)

    Still, my sense tallies with the posters in ##5, 18, and 25. How wonderful it would be for a sportsman to say (in a re-wording of one of the tweets quoted by James):

    “2 Massa & Maldonado, I apologise for offending u. I was wrong: u r both fantastic drivers to whom I owe the greatest respect.”

    The offense was given: no need for the “if”! The impulse to self exoneration is a powerful, and hard to resist even when we set out to do just that.

  88. clyde says:

    Hamilton is an enigma….THE GOOD PART- He is a special talent one of the quickest drivers on the grid but no quicker than vettel or Alonso. however he does have the ability along with Alonso to drive a bad car quicker than the rest.
    THE BAD PART-He also thinks he is the reincarnation of Senna…Who is he kidding
    (If you see a gap go for it)RESULT-in Monaco he went for gaps that didnt exist and paid the price.
    (Alonso is my Prost)RESULT- Lost the WDC to kimi in 2007 as mclaren was not fighting kimi but Alonso in the last four races (Ron said “We weren’t racing Kimi, we were basically racing Fernando).If Ron has been less incestous, McLaren would have both championships in the bag.and Alonso would be a triple wdc
    Why in the world he poached all these great drivers, Kimi, JPM, then Alonso and not take advantage their full potential is beyond me?

    If something goes wrong with Hamilton its either 1)His team 2)His fellow drivers or 3)The stewards that are to blame. Jenson has managed to escape his wrath and politics (ask kovalainen)so far REASON-Jenson is slower and does not pose a threat.
    If he wasnt as quick as he undoubtly is and either Vettel or Alonso or a driver of similar calibre were available Mclaren would have shown him the door a long time ago.
    I think he has caused irriversable damage to 1)Mclaren 2) Ron dennis 3)Alonso and probably his dad with his primadona antics which he probably will regret in the years to come.

    But thats my humble opinion i could be wrong :-)

    1. dzolve says:

      Yes, you are!

      1. clyde says:

        Funny ….Hamilton humour :-)

  89. Ryan Eckford says:

    I think the title race is going to get interesting in the next couple of races. I think Hamilton is definitely going to win in Canada (barring any difficulties) and I think he is a good chance of winning the European GP in Valencia.

  90. JohnBt says:

    Lewis feels he’s the best driver at the moment but Vettel’s the proof at moment, certainly calmer and much more collective than Lewis.

    Look at what’s happening to Alonso since 2007 and dare I say, has anyone witness Alonso taken anyone out because there’s a gap.

    Kubica has mentioned being ‘aggressive and dangerous’ is different. At the moment Lewis is more dangerous than aggressive. Just hope Lewis don’t hurt himself or someone else.

  91. AdrianP says:

    My twopence-worth…

    When Lewis arrived at Monaco he had already written the Monday morning headlines for himself. The narrative in his head was that he’d rock up and whizz around the track faster than any mere mortal could possibly contemplate, do a bit of partying and bask in the glory having closed up the championship lead.

    The more reality impinged, the more Lewis tried to overcompensate. So qualifying is a disaster, but that could not possibly be his fault (after all he’s the quickest thing on four wheels), the race is a disaster but that could not possibly be his fault (after all he’s the quickest thing on four wheels), two clumsy shunts and two penalties but that could not possibly be his fault (after all he’s the quickest thing on four wheels and the best overtaker in the business and no other frickin’ loser should have the temerity to contest any piece of this tarmac which really everyone’s come to see just him whizz around). And when he’s dragged up to see the stewards, it’s ‘cos he’s black, of course.

    It is, of course, a supreme irony that one of those ‘fricking idiots’ had transcended the limits of his car to a far greater extent than Hamilton – I’m speaking of Pastor Maldonado – but had his day ruined by Hamilton.

    At what other time has a sport had to endure such a petulant, immature [choose your expletive]. A supremely talented driver (world champion) who in the first few years of his career has been (i) sanctioned for outright dishonesty; (ii) been sanctioned for weaving around on the straights; (iii) who has been prosecuted for ‘hooning’ during a race weekend; and now (iv) has cast the sport into disrepute by suggesting that he is the victim of some racist conspiracy but (v) still seems to believe that he’s god’s gift to formula one.

    Of course, there have been some extremely passionate racers for whom most things have yielded to the will to win (at the extremes Senna and Schumacher), but I don’t remember either of them being as whiny or stuck-up-themselves as Hamilton (not even Nigel Mansell…).

    It should not be forgotten that there have been some absolutely top-flight champions who have conducted themselves with grace and complete sportsmanship – e.g. Jim Clark being a salient example of a driver who could, I presume, honestly say that he ‘loved racing’ – i.e. he loved competing man v man in an environment of mutual respect – rather than someone who just loves having his ego stroked.

    ‘nuf respect 2 u’ Lewis Hamilton.

  92. fausta says:

    For me, an apology via twitter is like getting fired from your job via an email. Something just not right about it. He should have done it via an interview at least.
    As much as I always wish him to crash into the barriers I respect the fire and drive he has to win and he has talent for sure. This fire gets him into hot water sometimes. Eventually, like Alonso, he will learn to tame his tongue to avoid these PR fire storms.

  93. Le Gazman says:

    Hamilton’s apology was very reminiscent of the apology given to Homer Simpson in the episode “Oh brother where art thou”, when one of Herb’s employees criticises Homer. The employee is then told to phone him and tell him the exact opposite of what he thinks.

    What follows soudns a lot like “2 Massa & Maldonado, with the greatest respect I apologise if I offended u. Both of u r fantastic drivers who I regard highly.”

  94. Vince says:

    An apology that goes ‘I apologise *if* I caused offence’ is hardly an apology. MS did the same when he ‘apologised’ for driving Barichello into the wall last year.

    Apologies should take the form: ‘I accept I was wrong, and I apologise’

  95. Daniel says:

    What is Formula 1 now ?
    They should add traffic lights and apply all the regular driving rules there !
    It should be forbidden to pass someone on the right side ! How that FIA didn’t think to this yet ?
    This is fast starting to look like 1989 with Senna vs Prost+ FIA !
    I wouldn’t be surprise if they will change the Pole position in Canada if Lewis is first, to the dirty side of the track ! You know the racing line has a lot more rubber on it

    Bout Massa and the other Williams NO NAME driver should use brain more ! In bout cases it was obvious that Lewis was going to push it !Why risk you freaking race because that NUT yellow Helmet wants to squeeze you ?
    They should had know by now that Lewis didn’t pick that yellow helmet just cause he likes YELLOW ! The message is pretty clear !
    There was one yellow helmet before who FORCE every freaking gap for a PASS !
    The guy is frustrated and whatever driver you put in his place will do much less . Everything is working perfect for Vettel . And whoever has more points than Lewis is his number one target. Lewis wants championships, many more. McLaren can’t deliver. In fact since 2008 they barely had any advantages, in spite their legendary status.

    P.S: I want Lewis to be banned for 4-5 races, just to see how fast the sport will become a processing fest again !

  96. GP says:

    What Hamilton did this past weekend will force all teams to control the drivers’ public comments even more.

    If he had said something like “The stewards penalized me because they’re jealous of my late-braking ability,” he might have avoided this whole embarrassing mess. Instead, he chose to play the race card. This had a much greater impact as it paints a lot of people with the same brush. What sponsor wants to be associated with accusations of racism?

    Now, all team principals are going to control their drivers’ every word more than ever and we all have to thank Lewis for it.

  97. The Talent says:

    Great champions aren’t just quick, they are highly intelligent.
    Hamilton has the former, but I fear a lack of the latter will always be his downfall.

  98. Fk says:

    I agree that the AliG joke wasn’t funny, saying the situation then was stupid wasn’t smart. but as far as his behaviour on the race track is concerned, i dont really see a problem, a racer only sees and remembers the “gap” (ref. Senna), audience and stewards remember either a pass or a crash, if put this way nothings gona settle easily is it.

  99. DonSimón says:

    If you didn’t like him before, you won’t like him now and vice versa. I personally don’t see what the big deal is, it was a joke. Granted, the humor is lost in translation if UK English isn’t your first language or point of pop-culture reference but it was said with no malice. Roll on Montreal when hopefully we should have something proper to talk about.

    1. james encore says:

      I think that’s the point. Like him or hate him you’ll find something to re-inforce your view in this. You’ll see the moves that gave rise the penalties as great attempts where Massa and Maldando were capable of avoiding contact (if Massa has done with Hamilton, what Hamilton had done with schumacher there would have been no contact). Or You’ll see them optimistic to the point of stupidity where all the blame lies with Hamilton. (Witness DiResta’s penalty for causing a similar accient. That set a precendent the stewards had to follow)

      It’s a rare person who has never ended a bad day by saying something they later came to regret. Most of us say it without microphones shoved in our faces. If you like Hamilton you’ll say he saw sense and said sorry by himself, and if you don’t you’ll say someone else had to explain it and make him.

  100. Neil F12011 says:

    Hamilton is a unbelievable driver, you just know with him that when he cruises up behind another driver hes gona go for the pass. Look at him passing schumacher in monaco, fantastic, he makes f1 for me

  101. Mark says:

    In Hamilton’s defence…

    Firstly, if you take a look at the move on the first lap where Schumacher overtook Hamilton into the hairpin the situation was very similar to that between Hamilton and Massa. But in this case Hamilton gave Schumacher the room therefore avoiding an accident. All credit to Hamilton for avoiding an accident. If Massa had done the same then there wouldn’t have been a problem.

    Secondly, if you take a look at Hamilton overtaking Schumacher into the first corner later in the race the situation was very similar to that between Hamilton and Maldonado. But in this case Schumacher gave Hamilton the room therefore avoiding an accident. All credit to Schumacher for avoiding the accident. If Maldonado had done the same then there wouldn’t have been a problem.

    So, to be honest I can see why Hamilton is a little bit aggreived even if his style in expressing that frustration is the wrong way. He is a racer, he goes for the overtaking manoeuvres, without which F1 would be a whole lot more boring. I hope he doesn’t change his style on track, just off it.

    1. clyde says:

      if you take a look at Hamilton overtaking Schumacher into the first corner later in the race the situation was very similar to that between Hamilton and Maldonado. But in this case Schumacher gave Hamilton the room therefore avoiding an accident….thats not racing …pulling over and allowing hamilton to pass

      1. Mark says:

        A long time ago Senna closed the door on Prost at Suzuka – was that racing?

      2. clyde says:

        By that yardstick Petrov should have let Alonso pass in abu dhabi last year alonso would have been the WDC :-)

    2. KinoNoNo says:

      The thing is Maldonado is a rookie in the final stages of the most prestigious race on the calendar.
      He was in the points(would be first of the year) in the final stages of the race,you can’t really blame him for turning into the corner a little earlier.

      Whereas I think Massa just got rattled and went off all be himself.

    3. chris says:

      On the first situation where Schumacher overtook Hamilton into the chicane I really think Hamilton was not expecting it and there was quite a wide gap for Schumacher to nip through, more than Hamilton giving him the room.
      On Hamiltons later move on Schumacher ( whose tyres were going off big time), Hamilton was much further alongside Schumacher than he was with Maldonado. You say Schumacher gave Hamilton just enough room, which he did. Why then did Hamilton still feel the need to gesticulate at him?

  102. Rohan says:

    So taking over 24 hours to apologies for deliberately crashing into 2 drivers isn’t “too long”. Yeah, in geological terms maybe, but not any others.

  103. F1 dingo says:

    James,

    only my opinion but from what I saw at Monaco Lewis still believes that because he has a faster car others should simply get out of his way when he get’s frustrated and decides he’s had enough of sitting behind a slower car.

    All drivers are scrapping for points and I think Lewis is being a bit naive to think that he cn ‘send one up the inside’ at Monaco and expect the other driver to dive out of his way.

    In both cases he wasn’t near being alongside the car in front and he may need to hold his hands up.

    Lewis has rarely been in a midfield car, struggling to score points – maybe he forgets too easily that everyone out there is scrapping for places, whether its 1st, 10th of 15th.

  104. CGM says:

    Not a big fan of the use of Twitter to send the apology. In front of cameras (as per the initial comments) might’ve given it a bit more of a feeling of sincerity perhaps.
    Personally, even though Lewis is no longer young in terms of age(over a third of the grid are younger than him), he is definitely young in terms of life experience and (methinks) he is now frustrated by having someone younger and perceivably better beating him. At Monaco, this was compounded by the fact that his older team-mate was doing qute nicely in the race. So, suddenly, everything was going wrong in his world and he, due to it being Monaco, couldnt really do a darn thing about it !

  105. Alan Dove says:

    I think there’s a much deeper issue here.

    I think Hamilton is suffering from the same issue that Senna had 20 years ago. The overwhelming desire to win in F1 over-rides the conflict they have about whether they really enjoy F1. But eventually the inner conflict presents itself and you see an explosion.

    For me I don’t see why Hamilton continues racing F1. It’s not a motorsport that embraces the type of racing he enjoys and neither does it represent the pinnacle of driving talent in the world. Other than the large pay check and the so-called ‘prestige’ what’s really keeping him there?

    Ayrton Senna went as far as saying his days racing karts were what he enjoyed most. I guess that’s where he could race people who had a similar understanding to racing as he did. “Pure driving, pure racing”. You go from having the most fantastic and close racing to a world of politics and constant penalties.

    It may be an unusual viewpoint to have, but really is it that strange? For me it’s very simple – do something you enjoy first and foremost. Kimi did it, Montoya did it…

  106. Matt B says:

    Two points.

    1. The reaction to his comments will only serve to stifle drivers even more in the way they communicate with the media.

    2. If Hamilton had tried to overtake Alonso and Button instead of Maldonado and Massa – there would have been no collision. Aggressive yes, almost to the extreme, but poor driving from the other two. They shut the door on him. Just look at how Schumacher and Hamilton raced for an example of how to race. If someone has you into a corner, you let them by and attack them in the next corner. THATS racing.

      1. Matt B says:

        The first picture only reinforces my point.
        Watch the video replay, you can clearly see that Maldonado turns in early, to the point where almost all four of his wheels are over the curb – or heading in that direction. And this was before Hamilton hit him. 50/50

      2. Johnny Leone says:

        Bishop, go back to writing faux apologies on TWITter for your boy…

      3. 69bhp says:

        i agree it was Maldonado’s fault. The only reason Lewis was on the kerb was because Maldonado had deliberately squeezed him there. You can do that if the other chap is further back and can still brake, but not when he’s already alongside and has nowhere else to go.

      4. kimibob says:

        Errr…. That’s the picture after Maldonardo had turned in. Please try looking at the pictures before the accident…

        Schumacher gave space to Hamilton in the same way that Hamilton gave him space when he caught him at the hairpin.

        Maldonado said he didn’t even know Lewis was there. I think that explains a lot about what caused the accident.

  107. Dale says:

    I for one want drivers to speak their mind, why shouldn’t they?
    I suggest F1 fans have a look at the conclusions as published on Planetf1, vettel was lucky and those that say he drove like a champion……………..I think not.

    The above said what a stupid rule allowing the teams to change tyres before the restart

  108. Tim says:

    James,
    Lewis was possibly the fastest driver out there – doing his best to make up places on a circuit that is difficult to pass on.
    His view was that the drivers turned in early on him – has anyone looked at where they turned in on other laps to see if they did – ie if he had a point or if he was just speaking out of frustration.
    Tim

  109. Matt says:

    How come he’s still speaking like Ali G in his Twitter posts?

  110. Matt M says:

    I actually warmed to Hamilton a lot more because of the comments, he was being honest which is what we want. of course the reason he is saying sorry is he has been asked to by his management company.

  111. Derek Lorimer says:

    Lewis comment has to be taken in context. He was interviewed just after racing when his adrenalin was still high. The comment wasn’t that offensive anyway just a bit silly.

    Lewis is driving his heart out in that car. Stirling Moss has said he is the best driver he has ever seen and I second that.

  112. Andy C says:

    Personally I’d like to see Lewis learn a lesson from this experience.

    For what its worth, the Ali G comment was absolutely made in jest, as hew chuckled before and even clarified it. People outwith the UK probably are not aware of the character, but that phrase was used lots in jest when Ali G was on TV over here.

    My main issue with Lewis is and always has been, he does not do himself any favours. There is no doubt he is in the top 2 racers our there. Absolutely fantastic racer.

    If he could only just hold back for a moment sometimes, I’m sure he would not say some of the stuff, and he’d ruffle less feathers.

    I dont agree with those that say you shouldnt change and you are who you are. I think all of us can improve, and sometimes saying nothing is better than saying it in the press.

    If Lewis had an issue with Felipe, I’d have liked to see him go up and speak to the driver man to man.

    For what its worth, I though Felipe turned in as well, but they are already on full lock so it makes it pretty difficult to blame anyone other than the guy overtaking.

    I thought Maldonado was fully entitled to close the door. I was very dissapointed as we’d seen the “Animal” back at monaco again. Great weekend for him (other than being punted into the barrier)

    Just an opinion.

  113. Isotope9 says:

    The “smart move” would have been to control his temper to begin with.

    Hamilton is really coming across as a prima donna…there is no question that he is one of the most skilled drivers, but he has a very ugly side to his personality.

    Once something has been said, it cannot be unsaid and you begin wonder how the other drivers and stewards think he *REALLY* feels about them…if he was willing to say what he did in front of the camera, what does he truly think of them. From his comments, probably not very much.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such ridiculous behaviour from another driver in all my years watching F1.

  114. Lilla My says:

    I so like Hamilton as a driver. He’s very entertaining and great to watch. But he can act so childish outside of the track. He really needs to learn how to lose. Of course sometimes it is somebody else’s fault, but not always. Lewis should learn to look in the mirror and say “o.k. that wasn’t the best race in my career and I made some mistakes” instead of trying to blame everyone around for his misfortunes. It’s becoming simply annoying.

  115. Rungs says:

    All Hamilton wants is a fair shot at getting on the podium and fighting for the title. When bad strategy, other cars, circumstance and the stewards come between him and that goal, he gets frustrated.

    And it’s not surprising – that McLaren car is looking seriously fast and Hamilton simply wants to be able to use it to fight Vettel.

    Knowing you’re fast and you’ve got the fastest car, and yet seeing your closest rival fading into the distance has got to be the most frustrating thing for an F1 driver.

    Hence the post-race comments. Full marks for the apology though – he will have learnt a big lesson from all this. And for all those criticising Twitter as his medium of choice – how else would he be able to do it? He’s probably back home now and wanted to get his pology across quickly. He’s almost certainly contacted Massa and Maldonado individually – but that’s none of our business.

    Time to move on and look forward to a proper on-track fight in Montreal.

  116. Matt B says:

    I’ve just had another look at both incidents and it is not a clear cut as people are making out.

    If you look at where Maldonado turns in compared to (Kobayashi i think) in front of him – and indeed every other driver – he turns right into Hamilton, to the point where all four of his wheels are on or over the curb.

    And Massa, if you look closely, he looks at Hamilton and then immediately turns left and squeezes him over the curb – leaving him nowhere to go.

    People will argue that they are entitled to defend their position, but surely it is 50/50 if a driver goes off the racing line and shuts the door?

    Surely the stewards and FIA are trying to increase overtaking, not punish drivers who try.

  117. Dmitry says:

    Actually, I am glad he apologized, because I think it is a sign of a great character and honesty in this case. But anyway I am 100% on his side.
    For me – he drove hard, but fair. I also don’t understand stewards – I watched over and over both accidents, but really – it’s either fault of both drivers or just a racing accidents, because in both cases the driver in front closed the door in the last moment, when Hamilton had no time to slowdown. Of course, Hamilton should have anticipated such moves, but he is the purest racer of all, that’s in his blood to see and use such moments. Schumacher in the same situation knew what could happen and what to do to avoid accident.

    Unfortunately Monaco is unforgiving track, and if you start not on the front – you can’t do much and on Sunday we really saw how a car behind despite being 3-5 seconds quicker than the car at front can’t find a place to overtake.

    I can’t wait for Canada to see Lewis striking back.

  118. thestretch says:

    i am no big hamilton fan but i do get his point he does seem to be in the stewards room more than most although i agree with the stewards decisions at the weekend against him i feel past gp’s this season and last the stewards hit hamilton harder than any of the others ! i dont like that the stewards get involved if a car comes into contact with another so what its racing. i think stewards should only get involved for dangerous driving not an overtaking attempt gone wrong. with the rules now what they are more and more drivers will be trying to overtake only for the steward to hit them with penalties for getting it wrong which will only lead to drivers thinking why try i might get a penalty if i get it wrong ill just take 2nd or 3rd or whatever

    i noticed when schmui passed hamilton in the hairpin he had enough room to get through as hamilton seen him coming and gave room if hamilton had turned in on him would schumi have got a penalty for causing a collision i dont think so…..cars defending a position should be allowd to defend the racing line but not turn in on a car thats along side.

  119. Paul D says:

    Hamilton is the only driver that has the ability to put me on the edge of my seat, just like Giles and Mansell did.

    I am frustrated at the reaction to Hamilton, as fans endlessly say they want drivers to say what they think more (i.e. not thanking sponsors and everyone ‘back at the factory’) and then when someone does everyone jumps on his back?

    As for it always being someone else’s fault (with Lewis), how is that different to all the other great champions of the past such as Senna, Schumacher, Prost and Mansell? It was always the other guys fault with them as well!

    1. Johnny Leone says:

      It sickens me every time I read someone favorably comparing Hamilton to greats on and off track such as GIlles Villeneuve. There is NO comparison. Ask Keke Rosberg about the difference.

      1. DC says:

        Of course there is a comparison. They are all F1 world champions. Same sport, same skills.

        I don’t accept the premise that just because those names are history means they are untouchable. They were only human too and any comparison is valid.

  120. Mike from Medellin, Colombia says:

    And where is the savvy Simon Fuller in all of this??

    Lewis should have chosen a proper manager like a Keke Rosberg or Mika Hakkinen….people who understand sports psychology and not some jumped up talent scout.

    It should have been evident from the start….the fact is that Simon Fuller’s pop wannabees have filled more Butlins that 02 Centres.

    1. Peter C says:

      A1 comment. Lewis must feel he’s more aligned to that world.

  121. Dominic Jones says:

    It seems a lot of these stewards’ decisions these days are for what used to be called “racing incidents.” I hope Lewis doesn’t change his style a single bit.

    The stewards should look more closely at the driver being overtaken. Some of the drivers out there just don’t seem to know how to behave. They can have a driver a second a lap quicker than them but they want to hold the position at all costs.

    Since Massa got some grief for letting Lewis through too easily in Germany 2008, it now seems he doesn’t want to let anyone through, ever. The footage from Monaco shows him dart straight to the apex – early – as soon as he saw Lewis in his mirror – just as Lewis said. He only seemed to win races when he started from pole position and his mediocrity is showing through now he has Alonso as a team mate.

    Webber is also like this. In Turkey last year, I blame Vettel for turning into Webber, but Webber was driving beligerently in a straight line regardless of the risk of collision. In Singapore last year he was overtaken by Lewis only to drive staright at the apex and take Lewis out. In Barcelona last week when he was overtaken by Jenson, look at the view from Jenson’s on board camera. As Jenson turns into the corner having passed Webber, into shot comes Webber’s nose, nearly taking them both out.

    These mobile chicanes need to accept that if a driver is faster than them and has overtaken them, they should put up a fight but accept the position is lost. Its the overtaking driver being penalised because they have created – by overtaking – the situation that leads to the collision. Its nonsense.

    The next thing will be inter car radios so that the faster driver can say to the one in front: “Pardon me. Would you mind awfully if you gave up your position. If not, that’s OK and I’ll quite happily follow you to the chequered flag.”

    1. j says:

      Wow. Comment of the year.

      So when Lewis comes from behind and crashes out another driver it’s not his fault, and when the roles are reversed it’s still not his fault.

      Must be nice to be perfect.

      1. 69bhp says:

        i agree that Lewis was not at fault for the Singapore collision with Webber. He was already ahead of Webber but Webber still charged into the corner knowing that a collision was inevitable. It’s only by sheer luck that Webber didnt take himself out of the race as well.

        Basically i think that where the overtaking driver has successfully put himself in a position where the other driver must either yield or deliberately collide into him, the other guy should accept that he has been passed.

  122. Mr R says:

    Nothing wrong with his txt speak, he is after all sponsored by VodaFONE.

    Keep going Lewis, winners are rare and naturally must be different in order to be winners. Dont change a thing.

  123. clyde says:

    I remember in 2007 Hamilton declared that Alonso’s behaviour showed him ‘how not to behave as an F1 driver.
    But ever since Monaco 2007,Hungary 2007,Liegate,his various quotes arogance etc etc he has shown the world how not to behave as a human being….J
    ames if you remember Alonso blocked Hamilton in hungary qualifying because lewis had disobeyed an earlier instruction to let him pass on track for his run.Lewis also swore on the radio at Ron Denis the man who along with his father made him what he is( both were given the boot a year later Ron from the f1 team and Anthony as manager) Later Alonso was penalised and famously stated: “I’m not thinking of this championship anymore, it’s been decided off the track. The drivers’ briefing has no purpose. You go there to hear what Charlie Whiting and the other officials say it’s like talking to a wall.
    Intead of being the Senna of his era hes become the Nelson piquet also a WDC but remembered as a bad human being.

  124. Williams4Ever says:

    a) Any apology that has “If I have offended” is worst than the original insult.

    b) Last week Kyle Busch was caught for speeding driving Lexus LFA at 120 MPH+ in 45MPH zone. This was private matter and no where related to his racing. But the man went public to apologize to his fans as he doesn’t want to set wrong example on his fans. Now that is class.

    c) Doing trash talk ON-AIR and resorting to twitter “2 xprez apolog1es. $1mply gr8″

  125. Brian says:

    A “technical” question on this issue… what kind of support staff does a typical driver have apart from family and friends?

    I assume(!) that all the drivers have agents to deal with contractual issues. How many drivers have professional public relations staff? Is there a big difference between the top drivers and everyone else?

    1. James Allen says:

      Hamilton does not have his own PR at tracks . Schumacher and Rosberg do. He has a trainer and girlfriend. Not seen a manager type at the track, but he may have one about somewhere

    2. Williams4Ever says:

      If you have not noticed there is team personnel tagging along the driver, holding a recording device everytime the driver gives byte to the press. I am sure McLaren team and Lewis must have had interesting discussion after those “5 minutes”.

      I am sure we have not heard last of this, Bernie and FIA will have to be in picture. Then of course Bernie is not exactly the role model the F1 drivers need with him gender biased dialogues and statements approving dictators.

  126. Ruben says:

    Don’t worry Lewis – next time you’re lapping Massa or Maldo and they turn in on you and wreck your race – they will tweet their apologies to you. Paybacks a b…. and the Hamilton apologists will be irate!

    1. mo kahn says:

      hahahaha… But I think they are better people then Hamilton can ever be I suppose.

  127. John says:

    Lewis speaking in Twitter speak ? , no surprise there as he has a habit of speaking with an American accent on occasions – depending on the occasion and the interviewer. All very contrived. We should be thankful though as living in Switzerland may make him speak in a Swiss (similar to Germa) accent….

  128. mo kahn says:

    There is cartoon called ‘Sheep in the Big City’. The show always ends with guy called ‘The Ranting Swede’. Well, All I can say is that F1 has found its very own ‘The Ranting Brit’.

    And Dream on to all those who compare him to Senna. This guy is always complaining and finding faults in everyone and everything but himself and does anyone recall what Senna said about Prost? “Prost is always complaining about everything, its never his fault but everyone else’s” (or something similar).

    The only Brit in F1 we, the rest of the Non-Brit World like is Jenson Button. He is a true British extruding true British Gentleman’s Behaviour.

    Senna said “if you no longer go for a gap then you are no longer a racing driver”. I think Hamilton misread it for “if you don’t drive over your competitors you are no longer a racing driver”. Maybe Hamilton should be sent to school to get his basic comprehension in life right.

    I am no fan of Pastor, but he drove brilliantly and no one had the right to put him in the wall just coz he has a Senna-Complex.

    Mclaren is by far the fastest car on the grid. In certain situations its faster than Redbull by a country mile. And look where Vetel is compared to where Hamilton is. The championship table says it all.

    Interesting Fact: In Asia, It is Alonso who is now being compared to Senna. To which I disagree but this is what is slowly being gathering ground here. Alonso’s popularity is steady on a rise by leaps and bounds in Asia. For Senna had his flaws as does Alonso, but Senna was compassionate towards his fellow drivers, Martin Donnelly, driving to the spot of Ronald Ratzenberger’s accident, etc. He never would ever call his fellow colleague ‘Stupid’ as Hamilton did, he never said that or anything similar about his greatest rival Prost, mind you Senna’s last word about Prost was “We miss you Alain”. So, there is nothing like Senna in Hamilton. He only has a Senna-Complex.

    I think the right conduct of driver plays an important role in a driver’s popularity.

    And Vetel’s, Alonso’s and Button’s individual conducts have been immaculate so far.

    So, Mr. Hamilton, with Talent comes Responsibility, while your colleagues realised that and enjoying best of both the worlds you on the other hand are being laughed at.

    Thank you all :)

    1. BB says:

      [quote]Mclaren is by far the fastest car on the grid. In certain situations its faster than Redbull by a country mile. And look where Vetel is compared to where Hamilton is. The championship table says it all.[/quote]

      Erm – what have you been watching. The Red Bull has been close to a second quicker in quali several times this season

      [quote]For Senna had his flaws as does Alonso, but Senna was compassionate towards his fellow drivers,…..He never would ever call his fellow colleague ‘Stupid….[/quote]

      you mean like when he punched Eddie Irvine and called him a ****ing idiot?

      1. mo kahn says:

        I was referring to the race pace here, the points are awarded for that is it not? :)

        Senna’s compassion towards his fellow drivers outweighed his occasional outbursts. Furthermore, he went and sorted things out his grievances like a man, not go whining about behind backs like Prost did and as Hamilton does.

        For you all its like when Vetel wins its the car and when Hamilton wins its only down to him. I would like to see Hamilton drive and win in a Torro Rosso… Oh’ Wait… didn’t Vetel already did that? :)

      2. BB says:

        If the McLaren is by far the fastest car on the grid, home come Webber has so many fastest laps this year?

        Sounds to me like you will post anything, even when the facts show that it clearly isn’t true

      3. mo kahn says:

        Ah is that right? Ask yourself this.. How many laps does it take to record a fastest lap… Last time I checked it was a single lap, its similar to a qualifying lap phenomena… both span out for ONE lap, but a race I presume comprises of more en’ one lap.. am I correct?

        I look into things in a far more indepth manner than most, its a part o’ my job… so here it is:

        Redbull super quick but inconsistent in race conditions.

        Mclaren second quickest but has the most consistent race pace.

        Speaking of Webber, may I ask how many races has he won? for when I checked last it was Vetel 5 Hamilton 1 Webber 0 Alonso 0.

        Having said that… There is obviously an element of Debate whether its Vetel or Redbull. To an extent it is Vetel in China (though his defence was unsuccessful), Spain and Monaco were clear examples of his defence abilities.

        However, in the two of the above three races, he was had a KERS deficit, it seems Redbull has sorted it out in Monaco, so a true gauge o’ Redbull’s race pace will be gauged in Canada.

        I still feel Mclaren is the car one would want in race conditions while Redbull for Qualifying.

        However, let me be the first to point out that Ferraris are getting off the grid better than any car out there, Alonso’s starts in Spain and Monaco. It is rather reminiscent of Renaults electrifying starts off the grid during Alonso’s Championship years at Renault. Maybe, just maybe Ferraris and Alonso are working on something similar principles to counter their lack of speed in qualifying compared to the Redbulls and the Mclarens and I strongly feel that Mclaren should also work on this, for the deficit in qualifying to the Redbulls are phenomenal.

        So, BB, I don’t just post anything here, I’m extremely educated and intelligent to post meaningless posts here :)

  129. Smiley says:

    I find it interesting that Lewis’ character seems to have changed a little this year, he cuts a more frustrated figure these days. Is it only a coincidence that he has new management?

    I think that since entering the sport he felt he owed a lot to McLaren given the history he has with the team. However, the influence from his new management may be opening his eyes a little with regards to other teams and other opportunities. Opportunities leading to success.

    Don’t think that I am trying to take blame away from him, it’s his choice to feel aggrieved and point the finger but I believe that the mindset of a driver who sees a future in his current team doesn’t lead to him making remarks we all saw on Sunday afternoon in Monaco.

    1. J S says:

      Where would he go though?

      Not Ferrari. He does not play well with Fernando and Fernando is there until 2016.

      Red Bull? As a number two driver? Vettel would have to leave the team first. Vettel is the chosen one, remember? Does anyone see Vettel leaving? To go where? To be number two at Ferrari in a new era of team orders? Not likely.

      If Lewis went anywhere else and he would have to go in knowing he would be building the team around him, attracting some sponsors and heavy-hitting personnel and then have success following a few hard years of toil later — if it ever came. However, if that long game is his plan then he might be better off taking that mindset on board and sticking with the well resourced McLaren team. The team where he is the incumbent chosen one.

  130. Ben says:

    James,

    Have you seen some of the screen grab comparisons of the Hamilton incidents in places like Joe Salward f1 and various other online F1 news outlets. There seems to be a growing case that Hamilton did have a bit of a point, especially in the Maldonardo accident which Sam Michael described as a ‘racing incident’.

    If only he hadn’t’ve shot his mouth off in the way he did he could’ve come out of this looking like the wronged party, as it is no one cares that he might actually have had a point because of the language he used. I’m not talking about the ‘frikin’ either.

    Ben

    1. j says:

      A few Hamilton fans drawing lines on some screengrabs isn’t anything near a growing case.

      We all saw what happened on video, in motion. It was a daring move but it was also 4 wheels outside of the track and was always going to end in failure.

      1. Ben says:

        I’d agree with you if it were just Hamilton fans but what do you make of sam Michael saying it was just a racing incident? Also having watched the massa/ Hamilton onboard video (available on youtube) it’s not quite as clear cut as it seemed, particularly what happened in the tunnel. Massa went on to the marbles before Hamilton pulled alongside him, that’s why he was able to get into that position as massa had no traction. It was entirely massas fault yet some have said Hamilton forced him that wide which isn’t the case, have a look at the onboard, if you can’t see that then fair enough you’re entitled to your opinion,

        B

  131. rusty says:

    I think Hamilton has every right to feel frustrated. Imagine being penalised for racing incidents where the other driver is the one who tried to barge a car out of the way in what they would laughably call “defending”.

    Look at the second incident with the Williams again. Hamilton wasn’t squeezing through a gap that wasn’t there…Maldonando cut across so agressively, he would have hit the bollards has the Mclaren not been there.

    In fact, the Williams was dammed near over the kerbs with both wheels at the time of the impact. The stewarding has gotten much better since the Max’s days of having is pal and Ferrari contractor on the panel, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes.

    I don’t think Lewis has anything to apologise for. Neither for his conduct during the race, or his comments afterwards. If certain drivers don’t like an honest opinion of their conduct that’s just too bad.

    1. 69bhp says:

      i second that.

  132. F1fan says:

    Crash, bang, whallop. What does it take for a front wheel to come off a Mclaren?

  133. chrisnz says:

    James, the guy is 26 years old, 26. I’d be very worried if I was conducting myself like this at 16 let alone 6. Compare him, although a different sport to Rafael Nadal who is a similar age and has been top of his game for the last couple of years and how much greater respect he has for his sport and his rivals. As a champion, come expectations, you should exude class, grace, respect and Lewis is sadly severely lacking in all 3 of these departments. As some people have pointed out no one driver is bigger than the sport.

    I hear what you are saying about twitter becoming quite a widely used forum/medium to present news which i agree with, but it is not the right medium to attempt to atone for your misdemeanours, just like it isn’t cool to dump your girlfriend via text message!

  134. ACB says:

    I’m willing, as a fan to give a driver some leeway when it comes to post race comments when he’s still suffering from a bit of the red mist. Alonso, Barichello, Massa and others have had their moments like this. As for his apologies, I am not capable of looking into another man’s heart to know if he is sincere or not. I’ve never been a big Lewis Hamilton fan, but this is a whole not of nothing.

  135. Matt B says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYiNKYaviZI&feature=player_embedded

    Very interesting angle.

    Maldonado is all over the place and definitely turns in on him.

    Also looks like he weaves a couple of times in front of him??

    1. j says:

      My favorite clip. You might not want to show that around since the LEFT side of Hamilton’s car is running over the bollard marking the edge of the pit lane exit.

      The weaving was Lewis moving the camera around. I’ll give you one thing. You can’t call F1 boring that’s for sure.

  136. Rei says:

    Leaving this here.

    “I hope the Hamilton apology is only about the comments and not about the events on the track because he was right about the events on the track.

    Here is the prove clear and bright. The stewards are nothing but… well i can’t write the word.

    1)Maldonado event.

    Look where Barrichelo(the car turning) takes the corner. Look where his back wheels are. Hamilton is already by the side of Maldonado btw.
    http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

    Then the time for HRT to take the turn. It takes it slightly tighter than Rubens.
    Last two pics you can see Maldonado looking at the direction of Lewis, he knows his there and he knows his about to lose the position and he has to conceit.
    http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

    But what does he do? He just turns in to Hamilton. Look at his line of turning compare to the two cars that turn before in above pics? He turned a full car length quicker exactly like Hamilton said and he did it exactly to stop Hamilton because well that’s not the line you usually take. Why did he take that line?
    Look at the last two pics how Hamilton completely goes at the outside of the kerp to avoid him but that guy keeps turning in on him.
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

    EVEN a BLIND MAN sees it’s Maldonado fault. It’s completely crazy and revolting how the stewards acted and how Hamilton has to apologize to that little devil while he can play the innocent little angel.

    Massa incident.
    Pics speak by themselves.
    Massa turns in on him. Hamilton completely rides the kerb trying to avoid him but Massa behaves like his alone on the track. What a joke!
    http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/2343/monaco1.jpg
    http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4214/monaco2i.jpg
    http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/8646/monaco3.jpg
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/4578/28df7b292.jpg

    Same place Schumi overtakes Hamilton. Hamilton completely respects the other car and doesn’t turn into him.
    http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg
    Take notice how the place at the track where the second pic is, is even more in-frond from the place that Massa already has turned on Hamilton. You can compare the part of the track by counting the red lines of the kerb.
    http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4214/monaco2i.jpg

    Absolutely revolting! Stewards making a mockery of racing and fans letting their personal hate and their lack of knowledge prevail accusing the guy about his comments but no one bothering that the facts on the track are a joke.
    Having a problem with the comments but not having a problem with the even worse abuse happening on the track is unbelievable. Are we watching F1 for the racing or for the soap-opera?

    If Hamilton apologized for the comments then those two bad jokes for drivers should apologize back about their driving and acknowledge their faults.

    Hamlton’s anger while commenting hurt him severely because it took the focus out of the fact that the events on the track are absolutely unfair against him and that he was 100% right.
    But if i got penalized after those, well i will be going crazy and making theories in my mind too because it’s just absolutely frustrating and unfair.”

  137. zombie says:

    F1 needs to get more ‘Americanized’. Is it any wonder fire-brand drivers like Montoya,Villeneue and now Kimi have all found the laid back,politically-incorrect but old boys “lets go racing” attitude of NASCAR much more conducive than stiff lipped F1 ? Make no mistakes about it, i am not too pleased with Hamilton’s repeated self-pitying, but had F1 been the way NASCAR/IRL is, nobody would have thought twice about his comments.

    An angry Danica Patrick trying to smash someone’s head with her crash-helmet is perfectly acceptable in IRL where these dramas add more viewers, but F1 somehow likes to remain squeaky-clean although has more behind the curtains politics than any other form of motorsports.

    About time we let the drivers be humans and not bots.

    1. Williams4Ever says:

      the laid back,politically-incorrect but old boys “lets go racing” attitude of NASCAR much more conducive than stiff lipped F1
      >> Last week Kyle Busch was caught for speeding driving Lexus LFA at 120 MPH+ in 45MPH zone. This was private matter and no where related to his racing. But the man went public to apologize to his fans as he doesn’t want to set wrong example on his fans.

    2. mo kahn says:

      Danica Patrick has more balls than Hamilton can ever have. Hamilton will always whine behind people’s backs (like Prost did) and then cowardly apologise through Twitter before he has to face them in the next race. And yeah’.. Way to Go Gal (Danica) !!!

  138. John Keith says:

    If the FIA will not permit the aggressive drivers to take the inside line at the apex, then so be it. But explain to me why they do nothing, absolutely nothing, to the double, triple, quadruple-moving blockers like Massa and Shumi. I suppose that a block, weave or chop only becomes illegal if it causes an accident. Well, as I see it, if Massa et al can force a penalty by turning into the path of the aggressive driver at the apex, then the aggressive drivers should let the chop blockers hit them in the straights. This seems stupid but the FIA has created this mess, not me.

  139. Zack says:

    Lewis is a great driver and like a lot of great sportspeople he has his flaws. I think we put too much pressure on sportspeople in general to be perfect role models – they are still human beings after all!

    I think it’s great that he has apologised (don’t really see an issue in doing over twitter as it reaches a lot of his fans and gets the message across) and I’m sure he will apologise in person to Massa and Maldanado, if he hasn’t done so already.

    This year in his interviews he has seemed a lot more relaxed and open in his answers in general, but I feel after the furore of last weekend we won’t see that again from Lewis which is a real shame.

    Whether people like to admit it or not, F1 would not be as exciting without Lewis and I’m sure if he leaves the sport a lot of fans would stop watching.

    Hopefully Lewis, the media and the fans/viewers of the sport can move on from this incident and look forward to what has been a great season so far…

  140. greg says:

    [Mod]

    Lewis can drive no doubt about that. but its all come too fast & maybe a little too easy.

    maybe the team should drop him, it might do him some good, there’s so much great new talent to replace him & save a few quid.

    he’d have only one place to go & that would be Red Bull & seeing him race Seb in equal cars would be good.

  141. Jing says:

    I don’t know if anyone has seen the onboard footage from both incidents, but I would urge people to take the time to have a look.

    When I saw the two incidents in the race with Massa/Maldanado, I thought Lewis was at fault.
    Having seen the onboard footage of both incidents, it’s not that clear cut.

    Martin Brundle seemed to think the penalty for Lewis was a bit harsh for the incident with Maldanado but fair for the incident with Massa, although Anthony Davidson seemed to think the opposite for both incidents.

    Just goes to show how subjective these things can be and would a different driver steward have come to a different conclusion.

    IMHO, I think they were both racing incidents but would like to know your thoughts James…

    1. James Allen says:

      I think it is obvious from the level of debate that it’s not clear cut. Both fall into the ‘I’m coming through so give me room’ category, that’s for sure. Felt for Maldonado losing his result.

      1. garoid says:

        It seems to me that the approach was “I’m coming through or we both crash”. OK, an experienced driver like MS might give way in his own interests but that doesn’t make it a fair move. The risk for the overtaking driver is that if bullying your way through doesn’t come off, or if you make contact, you get a penalty. That’s the risk.

        Alonso was penalised in Malaysia because he made (minor) contact while trying to overtake. Hence, the precedent was set. By that standard, clearly established this year, there is no question about whether to apply a penalty. This was a change. Things had not been so strict before that.

      2. Paul says:

        Alonso’s contact really was avoidable. Acres of space to move around Hamilton he chose to leave it far to late and damaged the back of Hamilton’s car. Hamilton can not be held in any way responsible for this contact.

        To me this is not comparable to getting alongside a driver in the tight circuit of Monaco and then the driver in front turns into you expecting you to disappear into thin air.

      3. Fk says:

        but the fact that all these contacts, some rather minor ones i say, has taken the central stage of this debate, and hamilton getting penalised for it does show something right? f1 is being turned from shirt-pulling football into tiptoe ballet dancing. safety? yea, fine. but im afraid ppl are starting to overdo things.

  142. Dave says:

    No one has yet to address how Lewis has belittled his team through the media on various occasions. I don’t know him but it seems he cannot control his emotions and it showed both on and off the track yesterday.

    1. Paul says:

      I don’t think he’s belittled his team.

      He praises them highly when they do well and sometimes questions decisions when things don’t go well.

      No really an issue for me

  143. Rudy Pyatt says:

    At this point, Lewis has placed himself in the same position as an NBA basketball player (e.g., Rasheed Wallace) or a Premiership football player (e.g. Wayne Rooney) who complains to or about the ref every time he’s called for a foul, no matter how obvious the foul. Players like that do NOT get the benefit of the doubt on close calls. More often than not, they’ll be whistled for the tech or see a yellow card.

    Who had more reason to be upset and disappointed after the three big races on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton, JR Hildebrand or Dale Earnhardt, Jr.? Are stewards’ penalties for colliding with other cars at Monaco comparable to losing one of the other Races That Need No Explanation To The Non-fan by crashing in the final turn of the final lap, literally within sight of the checkered flag? Or losing a race by running out of fuel going into the final turn, thereby extending a race-winless streak to 111 races?

    I assume (I hope wrongly) that few European racing fans were able to watch (is there regular coverage of Indycar and NASCAR?), and that (JA and Paul DiResta aside!) even fewer in the F1 paddock were interested in watching, either the Indy 500 or the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600. But it is interesting to contrast Hamilton’s reactions with those of Hildebrand and Earnhardt, Jr.

    1. Williams4Ever says:

      To add to your point, in every sport out there players get slammed with wrong/marginal penalties by referees a lot of time, but that doesn’t give the players right to go ballistic with their dissent, and whenever they go ballistic they are further penalized with suspension(and or financial penalties). As standard statement goes no individual is greater than sport.

      Of course sport is there any sport left which once commercialized is played in spirit of camaraderie that’s a topic for another post :)

  144. BA says:

    Compare these two events:

    1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUCw8J9byds at 00:40
    2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdTkmLHRTkw at 00:01

    It’s the similar move. The difference is:
    1) is what you call “passes made when there’s a level of co-operation from the guy being passed”. While 2) is what you call “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted”.

    He doesn’t need to apologise!!

    1. Matt B says:

      The lack of camera angles from the FIA director at the weekend didn’t help Hamilton. The more i look at both at them, the more i think they were 50/50 racing incidents. Are we actively discouraging drivers to overtake? I think Senna said it best.

  145. Peter C says:

    Thanks, GP, great explanation.

  146. Ben Bailey says:

    Check out these great photos and analysis of the Hamilton/ Schumi and then Maldanado overtakes. Causing an avoidable accident? Looks like it was Pastor that caused the accident to me when like schumi he could have avoided it and scored more valuable points for williams.
    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8572/hamiltonmonaco2011t1.jpg
    http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/3797/hamiltonmonacoturn1b.jpg
    These moves should be encouraged not penalised. Crazy for DiRista to be punished and subsequently Lewis twice!

    1. Paul says:

      These photos are excellent.

      It seems very clear that Hamilton was in an almost identical position and approach to the Schumacher pass.

      If we accept that that is clear then it’s a question of who caused the ‘avoidable’ accident. The defender for closing the door, or the attacking driver trying to overtake.

      If F1 want to encourage overtaking then they CANNOT start penalising people for legitimate overtaking moves which end in contact because the defending driver rashly turns in.

      The result will be that no driver will opt to go for a risky moves where they have to rely on the driver in front being sensible

  147. Paul says:

    The sport has spent a lot of time and money trying to make overtaking easier – DRS, KERS etc. so in that light I do think it’s strange when a driver is penalised for trying to overtake.

    In my opinion given that F1 WANTS more overtaking I think in 50/50 situations the benefit of the doubt should be given to the driver trying to overtake, rather than automatically penalising for ‘avoidable’ accident. C’mon all accidents are avoidable if you don’t TRY to overtake.

    Lewis’ penalties have basically set the precedent that says: if any driver comes up the inside and tries to overtake in Monaco all the defending driver has to do is turn in on them and make sure there is contact. Then the attacking driver will definitely be penalised.

    Lewis gave Schumacher space on the hairpin and Schumacher gave Lewis space on turn one. That is two professionals who know how to race.

    The Maldonado move was not much different to the move Hamilton made on Schumacher, the difference is that Maldonado is less experienced and didn’t know when the corner was lost.

    Massa was clearly peeved at Lewis claiming he had held him up in qualifying and aggressively turned in on Lewis when he had no need to. His mindset was clear from the resulting tunnel incident. Massa did not know when to give up an overtake and crashed as a result.

    In summary for a sport which is hell-bent on encouraging more overtaking with these penalties in Monaco they are sending out the wrong signals

  148. DanK says:

    To paraphrase the immortal words of Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton is a poor man’s Ayrton Senna ;-))) … Or the F1 equivalent of Cheryl Cole, lots of bling bling no personality and no brain. Why on hearth take Simon Fuller’s company who knows bugger all about motor racing as his management? Did that bring any good to the former Honda F1 Team to have its communication managed by Fuller’s team? Of course not!
    Lewis owes everything he got to McLaren he would be well advised to remember it instead of trashing his team publicly on a regular basis as soon as things don’t go his way. On occasion Jenson, Fernando and Seb all won races by calling the shots from the cockpit.Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me that so far Lewis as always in his career relied entirely on his team for strategy so if he is not happy with McLaren tactic he should start calling the shots as his competitor do much more that him. Remember Lewis that McLaren could easily get fed up with your tantrum and sign the very talented (and respectful) Paul Di Resta to replace you or even NIco Hulkenberg… I think this is exactly what McLaren should do, sign Paul Di Resta asap.

    1. Paul says:

      There is no way that McLaren will voluntarily get rid of Lewis.

      But one point I do agree with is Lewis being reliant on the team for all strategic decisions.

      Although he had a point re Monaco. McLaren have decades of experience racing there (ie much more than Lewis) and they should have decided one late run in qualifying was far too risky.

    2. DC says:

      He decided to stay out with the broken rear wing, the team called him in. So that was his call…turned out for the better didn’t it?

      Despite all that happened in that race he went from 9th to 6th and got 8 points. Nice drive really, bar ONE incident with Massa that was more his fault and he was penalised for (i’ve posted many time about how the Maldonado incident wasn’t his fault and i’ll argue that one out with anyone who wants to listen.)

      I don’t really care what any of them say after the race. They are only racing drivers, not politicians.

      Oddly I think Hamilton is shocked by what he says being such a big deal…he was angry had a pop and all of us and the media made it a big deal, not him….

      I have a feeling he’s wondering what all the fuss is about…If he is…I tend to agree with him!

  149. Dave Cameron says:

    Sorry James, but I feel you’ve been a bit too gullible on this case. What we ssaw on the live BBC feed was raw frustration and a genuine expression of the Hamilton character. As was noted by the interviewer on the 5Live broadcast later, usually when LH knows he’s hacked off he politely tells her he has nothing to say, on this occassion he came with a purpose, and the way he expressed it was incredibly ill thought out and fruitless to his cause.

    I also note that his new agency was nowhere to be seen on the biggest event on the3 F1 calendar, one can only imagine if his father had been by his side…

    I’m sorry but as its been well reported he returned to the track ‘shortly’ after making his comments to apologise to the stewards, and the only confirmation we’ve had of this apology is from his team boss.

    McLaren PR-recovery in overdrive. LH needs to take a (further) leaf out of JB’s book!

  150. Adam Taylor says:

    I would love to see how Lewis Hamilton gets on in The Apprentice, we all know how Lord Alan Sugar likes a straight talker, gets to the point. Lewis is a brilliant driver, and through his current struggles he will win another world championship. This crop of drivers is the best that has been in the sport in many years and competition is high. He wont win as many Schumacher, but will he win as many as Senna, we will have to wait and see.

  151. jonrob says:

    Quoting Suzi Perry here from her Telegraph piece on the coming Catalunya MotoGP.
    “I’m not especially keen to see MotoGP degenerate into a festival of politeness (“No, no, after you, I insist!”), but also find it hard to subscribe to the notion that riders need to start leaving each other room. ”

    FIA stewards please take note!

  152. Nevets says:

    Wow James, I just read ALL these comments!!!!! Any prizes available? :)

    And after all that, I too have my own opinion/s.
    1. The internet is too free and some people realllly shouldn’t be allowed to use it.
    2. As far as the passes go, ALL racing incidents……and not ONlY because they were ALL RACING!!!
    3. If I were LH, I would not speak to the press EVER after a race again, you want my opinion? Find me at the Official Press Conference…….after I’ve had my cold towel, a drink of water and a cooldown!!

    Besides that, looking forward to Lewis taking Montreal by the scruff of the neck and hopefully, Vettel can take pole again, with Lewis 2nd and Alonso 3rd let’s see this long awaited battle!!

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