The journalist who claimed Lewis Hamilton admitted causing his gearbox failure in Sunday’s race has admitted he invented the quote.
Luc Domenjoz of Canadian newspaper La Presse said: “My mistake was using a quote by Lewis when I did not talk to him myself. I had other verifiable information and I stand by my report, but under the time pressure I made a mistake by using that quote.”
The fake quote was later used on several websites including this one as the question of whether Hamilton caused his retirement was debated.
The revelation that the quote came from a newspaper is particularly ironic in the light of Ron Dennis’s recent criticism of internet journalism. He said in Brazil: “I have said so often, the Internet has been the bane of our lives. This is an uncontrolled, unedited, source of information that is fed into the media.”
And it’s doubly ironic given that the revelation that the quote wasn’t real came on the autosport.com website.