Hamilton says Sepang driving “didn’t put anyone in danger”

2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Lewis Hamilton has defended his driving in the Malaysian Grand Prix after he was penalised for weaving.

Hamilton fell from seventh to eighth in the final classification after being handed a 20-second time penalty. The stewards said he had “made more than one change of direction to defend a position.”

Hamilton said he hadn’t weaved as much as he did last year, when he was warned for weaving in front of Vitaly Petrov at the same circuit.

Speaking in today’s press conference in Shanghai he said: “Well, the previous year, obviously I had some big weaves on the straight which everyone disagreed with, which was fine.

“They said that they would be stricter on that this year. Looking back at it, I didn?t weave even half as much as I did in the previous time, and I didn?t put anyone in danger ?ǣ but the rules state that you can only move once, to the better position.

“I think the confusing part was really whether I was defending a place or trying to lose the tow. But at the end of the day I got 20s.

“It was one place so I feel fortunate that it wasn?t any more than that and I will just try to avoid doing that in the future, so no one can complain.”

He added the penalty made little difference as he finished so far down the order: “It didn?t really make much difference. I was seventh; so seventh or eighth, it?s pretty crap either way. That?s racing. I think it was fair.”

Fernando Alonso, who received a penalty after his collision with Hamilton later in the race, said: “I think the stewards always work with safety in mind, in F1 and on the road and I think we are reaching a level of consistency in their decisions.

“This is a line they will follow all season so we need to keep it in mind.”

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144 comments on Hamilton says Sepang driving “didn’t put anyone in danger”

  1. it’s pretty crap either way

    More drivers need to speak as honestly as this!

  2. Hi Lewis Hamilton. I want to see me my start in a race of CNK Roumain, look this is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud80DRktc9s . Please if you can contact me at ID: dutzy_09 and tell me how was the start … Thank you and I want to become a great pilot like you .With great esteem Edy

  3. Oliver said on 14th April 2011, 23:06

    If seasoned F1 enthusiasts can’t agree on what the difference is between blocking and breaking a tow. Or even the difference between lead and lag, then you can understand how complicated F1 must be to the uninitiated.
    The rules say you are allowed to block once then come back to the racing line to take the corner all while in the braking zone.
    The rule said nothing about getting out of the way of the driver behing you when you just enter the straight.
    Because what the stewards have done now is to say if a driver has a fish tail exit from a corner, or if the kerbs spits the car towards the center of the track, he will be judged to have made one blocking move with respect to the car followong immediately behind..

    • Bernard (@bernard) said on 14th April 2011, 23:34

      The stewards room features a set of four automated number generators (similar to lottery machines). Upon detection of an incident one number is ejected from each machine and a total is calculated.

      This total is then measured against the Incident Points wall chart (which is modified race by race) to determine if the driver or team should be punished.

      Once you’ve followed the sport for over a decade it becomes pretty easy to understand really.

      • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 15th April 2011, 1:36

        Hamilton has certainly been warned in the past. I think the stewards made the correct call, it seems almost implied that they are simply not going to give him an inch on this type of driving anymore.

        I think that if it even smell like Lewis is going to weave or whatever, the stewards are going to hammer him.

        It’s like he’s on a “watch list”.

  4. Gusto said on 14th April 2011, 23:42

    I`ve said my peace earlier concerning this piece. It Stinks on many levels.

  5. Gusto said on 15th April 2011, 0:36

    P.S ……Not F1F.

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 15th April 2011, 3:57

    The penalty is justified given his incident. Last year he got away with it this year there isn’t any chance.

  7. Renzo said on 15th April 2011, 13:33

    this time I agree with Hamilton… the stewards interfere a bit too much theese days

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