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Hamilton admits he put his foot in it

We've all been there, we've said something in the heat of the moment which we immediately wonder why on earth we'd say something like that.

In the heat of moment verbal diarrhoea can affect anyone of us at any-time, let alone after two hours of driving a Formula One car at 100+ mph inches away from concrete barriers around the streets of Monaco.

And that is what certainly struck a frustrated Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.

His weekend was affectively ruined on Saturday when he could only qualify ninth, on Sunday he showed why he can be the most exciting driver in the paddock, pulling off a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre on Michael Schumacher, but also that he isn't perfect by crashing into both Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Williams's Pastor Maldonado.

The incidents cost him a drive through penalty during the race and a 20 second penalty after the race, which left the 2008 Formula One World champion in a disappointing sixth, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel extended his lead with yet another win.

When asked by BBC's Lee McKenzie why he thought he had been pulled into a meeting with the stewards for the fifth time in six races, Hamilton laughed and sarcastically said: 'Maybe it's because I'm black. That's what Ali G says. I don't know.'

The comment was bound from frustration, ultimately just trying to relieve the tension from a disappointing weekend. But ultimately resulted in another meeting with the stewards to explain his comments.

'It was a bit of a joke, which wasn't funny at the time. I made them aware that when emotions are high - and it's very intense at the end of those kind of races - you don't always say the right thing. Hamilton told Autosport Magazine.

Hamilton leaving a meeting with the stewards


'We've made our peace. They accepted my explanation, they understood. We all shook hands afterwards. They said it was a tough weekend, let's move on, and they all wished me well for the season.'

'They said at the end that they would make sure other people in the FIA understand and that anybody else who has heard it and misunderstood, that they'll clarify it with them and it won't go any further than the meeting room.'


It's quite clear that Hamilton regrets the comments and it really should already be forgotten, but Lewis Hamilton divides opinion at the best of times and for those who didn't like him before, they now have another reason why they feel that way.

'Should I have said it or shouldn't I? Like I said I was trying to be funny, but it wasn't funny.

'You're not always right when you're trying to be funny. Sometimes you really put your foot in it and you offend people.'
Hamilton admitted.








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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 1 2011

Time: 2:00PM

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Good for him. I'm not a great fan of him as a person, always has had a certain arragence about him, as a driver, a great admiration. However it takes a certain ammount of bravery to make this kind of statement. Must have listened to advice from his mentors and taken it. Let's hope this is an end of it
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