Hamilton cleared over Fuji crash

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Fuji Speedway, 2007 | DaimlerLewis Hamilton will not receive a punishment over the crash involving Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the Japanese Grand Prix (see the video here).

Vettel, who had been given a ten place grid penalty for hitting Webber, saw his penalty rescinded – he instead received a reprimand.

Before the verdict Hamilton gave his explanation of the incident and reaction to the furore: “If you look, I did it every lap, that’s the line I raced on because it was the dry line and that’s probably why I won. There was less water there but I always caught the pace car up.

“I pulled up alongside him, obviously I can’t overtake him so I braked which was also giving me more heat in my brakes and my tyres.

“I waited for him to go away and all of a sudden Mark appeared up alongside me, I decided to accelerate and the next thing I hear is a big thud.

“He’s allowed five car lengths behind me, I don’t know why he was so close.

“I had a good weekend, I didn’t put a foot wrong, I didn’t do anything to put anyone else in danger. I’ve come away to China and all of a sudden I’m going to be punished for something.

“I just think it’s a real shame for the sport, Formula One’s supposed to be about hard, fair competition. That’s what I’ve tried to do this year, just be fair. There’s been some real strange situations this year where I’m made to look the bad person and, by the looks of it, this weekend be given a penalty.

“If this is the way it’s going to keep going it’s not somewhere I really want to be.”

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  1. I’m still not sure if I think Hamilton should have been punished or not. But I agree with David about the consistency of the stewards. It seems like the FIA make up these penalties as they go along. Complete hacks, in my opinion.

  2. Bleh, there goes Kimi’s hopes ;)

  3. Feel your pain Haplo. And as someone else said, what about poor Kubica? I got so mad when they penalized him I turned the race off! Okay, I sort of watched the bits I missed the next day but that was really not right.

  4. Just Incredible.
    Supporting Alonso tomorrow!

  5. If you think about it, the FIA will be accused of bias one way or the another.

    Lewis did not get punishment today; ergo, half of race fans (and a good deal of Spanish fans) are accusing the FIA of handing Lewis the trophy on a plate, helping their commercial interest.

    Had Lewis been punished, the other half of race fans would have accused the FIA of interfering to bring the title fight down to the wire in Brazil, helping their commercial interest.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  6. Awfully erratic driving by the wunderkid.

    I predict a 1st corner crash this weekend – with either Alonso or Massa.

  7. It is really ineteresting how can Hamilton managed to polarize the fans in a span of few months … The debate here looks like the sequel to the debate below the Hamilton backclash article :-)

    He is quickly becoming as controversial as Schumi :-)

    As for this decision – Great that an amateur video contributed to the removal of Vettel’s penalty. Can’t be this taken now as a precedens, that it is OK to record and broadcast online amateur shots from the races ?

  8. Well he got off?? – there was never a official complaint from the affected drivers – even whinging mark? ? – went off him lately – also does magnus remember what punishment was handed out when shummie and alonso crashed in monaco behind the safety car? – lewis is 3rd in practise so lets get racing and let japan rest – ooh just a wee thought what happened to shummie hen he rammed damon hill in australia? – time does pass so quickly

  9. Ooops sorry – pole position – brilliant – well done lewis!!!

  10. Hamilton didnt start those controversies, its us non race drivers that are carry the fight off track

  11. Oliver you are right – but roll on tomorrow – hopefully no typhoon as predicted but a good straight(is there ever one?)- race to the finish

  12. No complaint you say?
    Webber said: he’s just done a S***(for three times)
    And Massa said: Somebody wants this year wins Hamilton…

    No, you’re right, no complaint from pilots…
    I wish tomorrow we’ll have thyphoon…

  13. I have no problem with Hamilton being interesting to watch, but the words that have come out of him, especially this half of the season – not a good sportsman for Britain (IMO, I’m most likely in the minority in terms of British F1 fans).

    At least Schumacher could face the news, Hamilton is just a McLaren PR robot in comparison. Trying to defend his driving at Fuji he was stuttering and stammering – not the marque of a champion. He needs to be brought down a peg or two and realise the sport he wanted oh-so-much is more than he bargained for and deal with it. If he wants to make speculation about where he “wants to be”, then go do it – if it’s to stay in F1, LEARN…thats what you said at the beginning.

    He will be crowned Champion for 2007, he could take out Alonso for a multitude of reasons, be done with his “main competitor”, and deal with Kimi at Interlagos, but I don’t think it’s a tough lesson for what the future might bring.

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