Hamilton apologises to Massa and Maldonado

2011 Monaco Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco, 2011

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco, 2011

Lewis Hamilton has apologised for comments he made after the Monaco Grand Prix in a series of posts on Twitter.

Hamilton said: “Hey guys. I wanted to apologise for last weekend’s performance and also my comments after, I never meant to offend no one.

“I would also like to say thank you to everyone on here, for their positive messages and also to the angry messages. I can respect them both.

“To Massa and Maldonado, with the greatest respect I apologise if I offended you. Both of you are fantastic drivers who I regard highly.

“To my fans lost and my fans won, I wish you nothing but love and happiness. God bless you. Onwards and upwards, Montreal next.”

Following the Monaco Grand Prix Hamilton accused the two drivers of causing collisions by turning in on him while he was trying to overtake them, saying “these drivers are absolutely fricking ridiculous, it?s stupid.”

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152 comments on Hamilton apologises to Massa and Maldonado

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  1. mia said on 30th May 2011, 22:22

    It’s not Lewis’ apologies. He wasn’t using English I think…

  2. slr said on 30th May 2011, 22:28

    Glad to see his comments where just in the heat of the moment, as least regards his comments about his fellow drivers.

    • slr said on 30th May 2011, 22:33

      That’s meant to say “at least regarding his comments…”

    • NDINYO (@ndinyo) said on 31st May 2011, 4:39

      He has made his point, keeps his sixth place and has massaged the egos of Massa, Maldanado and his detractors enough so they feel like they got their way – great PR stuff

      • Flying Finn said on 1st June 2011, 14:35

        GREAT PR?!?!.
        well, accusing the stewards of RACISM is not something that is gonna slide that easily – an apology?! pfffffff.

        I’m sure the FIA and the WMSC have now zeroed in Lewis H. He could get off with it if he keeps his dirty mouth SHUT for …lets see….A YEAR or so.

        In the mean time any thing he does will be looked upon with a pinch of salt.

        You see the only thing more important than a PR bimbo, bringing the sport to the masses, to Bernie E & jean T et al. is the reputation of the sport. This will have serious repurcussions….

  3. Dan selby said on 30th May 2011, 22:31

    This is crazy but after all this, I respect and enjoy Lewis alot more.

    He has a personality thats suddenly leapt out, for better or for worse. And in this day and age in sport, that’s pretty rare. Especially in F1!

    I think many of us can perhaps see ourselves in some of Lewis’ behavior. Havn’t we all had days where we’ve hit the roof after everything bad that could have happened, happened? So what do we do? Let off some steam. Instead of feeding us the usual PR lardy da, we got a genuine human reaction, again, for better or for worse.

    And I like that.

    • glue (@glue) said on 30th May 2011, 22:44

      this here is the PR lardy da

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st May 2011, 1:48

        seeing how it’s on twitter and not the mclaren website or something, I’m more inclined to believe this isn’t just for PR.

        this is good stuff from hamilton. :)

        • MW said on 31st May 2011, 8:47

          twitter became the province of the PR department a long time ago… it looks a lot more personal than it really is.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 31st May 2011, 14:52

          I believe it was him and he was sincere, but why did he just write it to the world and not @ Pastor Maldonado? Massa isn’t on Twitter, but what I’m saying is Lewis wrote it as if he wanted the world to know, not the two involved.

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 31st May 2011, 16:45

          They way I see it, what you say in the heat of the moment usually turns out to be what people really think. That’s why I don’t believe any apology he has to make.

          All Lewis has shown me that he is no different to that annoying brat from 2007/2008.

          • Kodongo said on 1st June 2011, 12:46

            Yep, 2007 was really a moral victory for Alonso:
            – prevent your rookie team mate from attending test sessions
            – complain about not being allowed past your team mate
            – block your team mate in quali
            – cost your team an $100 million fine.

            I don’t think the Alonsista’s have the moral high ground.

    • Geordie Porker said on 30th May 2011, 22:44

      Couldn’t agree more – what you have here is a young, competitive and ‘driven’ sportsman (sorry!!), who has just seen a weekend where he knows he had at least a 50/50 shot at the win end with him in 6th place, having been v close to being lapped before the red flag. If it could have gone wrong it did, and he was frustrated. But instead of the usual canned rubbish, he spoke his mind; I was upset about his comments about Massa & Maldonado because that was the bit that clearly wasn’t intended as a joke, but he’s come out now and publicly apologised – credit to him.

      • Tom said on 30th May 2011, 23:14

        He didn’t speak his mind. He had an emotional outburst.

        Not the same thing.

        • Skett said on 30th May 2011, 23:18

          I think thats kinda the point. How many f1 drivers have we seen emotion from in recent years?

        • hawkfist said on 30th May 2011, 23:36

          He spoke his mind in an emotional outburst in this case I think

          • Paddy said on 31st May 2011, 10:55

            I think you should contrast Hamilton with Webber. Webber always speaks his mind, but never with such emotion that he’s speaking only with frustration. He always seems to think about what he is going to say before saying it, but doesn’t mince his words.

            Hamilton on the other hand spoke from the heart but without thinking, and I think it’s clear from his Ali-G comment. I don’t like it or respect it, but it’s very entertaining.

            I’m EXTREMELY anti Hamilton, in the camp of ‘anyone but Hamilton’. For me he is my pantomime villian, and I love these outbursts. And although I he really gets on my nerves, the sport wouldn’t be the same without him.

    • SMC said on 31st May 2011, 15:13

      Dan Selby, I 100% agree with you. Everyone has lost there cool in some way or another. In the end it’s how someone can look at another individual and apologize is the key factor. Good on you Lewis. Just drive and try to stay out of the limelight.

      • Flying Finn said on 1st June 2011, 14:43

        If what he spoke was what’s in his mind – especially the Ali G comment then i’ll consider his mind a garbage heap.

        Next time he could speak his mind / heart out by commenting on Bernie E’s sexual encounters or Flavio B’s wife. Now that would be entertaining as hell.

  4. Geoff332 (@geoff332) said on 30th May 2011, 22:31

    It’s good that he has apologised to Massa and Maldonado. I always felt that the lack of respect he showed to the other drivers was the worst thing he did.

    • Hairs (@hairs) said on 30th May 2011, 22:57

      Yep. The Ali G joke was brainless but I can see why he’d make that joke. The press were always going to jump all over it.

      The Massa and Maldonado comments were out of order, though. Even if the passes were 50/50, or even if they genuinely did turn in on him (which I’m not at all convinced of), there were better ways to say “I think the other guy was at fault”.

      And the good thing is we know that that’s not a PR drone on twitter because the grammar is awful.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 31st May 2011, 0:18

      I always felt that the lack of respect he showed to the other drivers was the worst thing he did

      Agreed. The Ali G remark was silly, but clearly it was just a daft joke. Although, perhaps he’s unaware that being mixed race he’s as white as he is black…

      • David BR said on 31st May 2011, 0:41

        I think he knows Ned. And I think the Ali G was very smart, he made his point without it being too barbed or too easy to shoot down – even by those people telling him what colour his mother was.

      • Sorry Flanders, that’s not the way it works.
        Have you read Hamilton being described as the first “mixed raced” F1 driver.
        Or Barack Obama as the first “mixed raced president”? If you have, let me know. I doubt if anyone is more aware of what he is than Hamilton himself.

      • You know, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think Lewis Hamilton might have a better idea of his own racial identity than you do. In addition to the more obvious factors, I’d imagine there are countless experiences over the course of his life that have contributed to it – for example, the racial slurs he’s been enduring since he was a kid racing karts.

  5. Sushi Meerkat (@sushi-meerkat) said on 30th May 2011, 22:55

    Good on you for apologising, now next year Lewis when in Monaco please remember that when the car in front is taking a sharp left turn to hit the apex, its doing that because its in a race, not because its suddenly decided to hates you.

    • Helio said on 31st May 2011, 2:21

      COTD!

    • frow said on 31st May 2011, 8:29

      agreed

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st May 2011, 10:00

      Touche Sushi!

    • Dphect said on 31st May 2011, 10:11

      And if a driver is overtaking you and you’ll fail to make the apex without crashing, don’t take the apex as the other driver has claimed that area of the corner.

      Lewis illustrated that he’s able to do that on the first few laps when Schu overtook him. Why can’t other drivers use their mirrors too?

    • Maverick_232 said on 31st May 2011, 13:08

      COTD??? That’s a laugh.

      I’m sure the 2008 F1 world champion and arguably the most exciting driver on the grid, WILL listen to your opinion, completely agree with you and incorporate it in his driving style for the rest of his career.

      Or then again, he might not and continue to race his b***** off at every single race track he goes to.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 31st May 2011, 16:13

      Well dear Mr.Sushi then why does it turn before it’s time?

      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.

      • onthebeach22 (@onthebeach22) said on 31st May 2011, 16:45

        EXCELLENT POST!! There are always two sides to a coin! There is too much prejudice in the sport. When racing is boring, we complain. When it gets exciting we shoot down the racers for racing! All of these incidents at Monaco this week-end would have been just simple racing incidents (accidents) a few years ago. And, as for the glory years of Senna & company, all of them would have been stripped of their super license by today’s standard of stewarding!

      • RIISE (@riise) said on 31st May 2011, 16:49

        What a load of rubbish, you expect drivers to all take the same line? He should have been in the same position he was to overtake Schumi to make it work. He lunged and hoped Maldonado would move out the way, there is nothing else to it.

        • Solo (@solo) said on 31st May 2011, 17:48

          He should have taken the same position he had while overtaking Schumi?

          Do you mean like this?

          http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/3797/hamiltonmonacoturn1b.jpg
          http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8572/hamiltonmonaco2011t1.jpg

          • David BR said on 31st May 2011, 18:03

            Brilliant Solo! Don’t expect mere evidence to get in the way of a good Hamilton bash though. People interpret virtually the same incidents according to a whole jumble of other stuff in their mind. Here on Brazilian TV they were blaming Hamilton not only for wrecking Massa’s car wheels (!) but also for causing the Petrov crash!!! Only later did they grumbling admit he’d actually achieved a fine pass.

            But the stewards are supposed to rise above this. Bad, bad job.

          • Eric said on 31st May 2011, 22:33

            The first image shows where he was in relation except the issue here was that Maldonado was running a more defensive line entering the corner. If anything this picture shows that Lewis had less space to work with than Schumacher. As for the second picture the lines make little to no sense in terms of comparison because:
            1 The zoom is different
            2 The angles are slightly different

            The comment on the picture is stupid as well, “Maldonado turns in early whilst already half a car length from the racing line.” That is what is known as a defensive racing line. That is how you stop people from getting past. Especially when they have a DRS and speed advantage down the main straight.

          • MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 1st June 2011, 3:39

            @Eric how is that a defensive line it is this simple he cut in…it was obvious Hamilton wasn’t going to back off and he was going for the pass. Also even if it is a defensive line, you don’t keep going with it and wrecking yourself and the person with DRS. Especially at a track with a very low tolerance for passes and how the passes are made. There is a reason it seems why Pastor was in GP2 for so long. Also the lines and angles are not so different that the effect would be that different. Shumi yielded to the speed of Hamilton because he too was on the defensive and realised Lewis was faster. Pastor on the otherhand being the rookie just decided to not yield and thus we see the result.Now Lewis didn’t have much chance to back off but he could have especially considering who he was racing and thus made the pass later on being obviously faster.

          • Alex R said on 1st June 2011, 23:22

            Interesting. I guess it all comes down to if Maldonaldo saw him, and based upon his defensive line and looking in mirrors in the pictures it would appear he did.

            In which case, blindly leaving no room for another driver is quite reckless, he knew there was not enough room for both cars to make the apex, why cause an accident.

        • David BR said on 31st May 2011, 17:54

          Come on, Maldonado clearly cuts so far in towards Hamilton, he ended up almost entirely over the kerb. I’d have taken this photo as clear evidence Maldonado cut into Hamilton when he should have left room. His only claim could be to have been unsighted, but going off the natural line over the corner suggests he did see him. No penalty due. Really shocking stewarding.

        • Macca77 said on 1st June 2011, 6:38

          It’s no use to argue with the Hamilton fans, now they are saying that he is such a good boy cause he apologized via twitter (lol) after calling some colleagues ridiculous and saying that the penalties were given to him because he is black on TV. Some of them are are even saying that he is smart cause he quoted Ali G :D. It’s a lost cause arguing with them.

          • Solo (@solo) said on 1st June 2011, 8:45

            Well his colleagues really were ridiculous as is proved by the evidence. But lets not keep facts bother us.
            The only mockery is that he has to apologize to those joke drivers because of the stupid PR machine.

      • f1geordie said on 31st May 2011, 17:09

        RIISE, maldonado did the exact opposite of moving out of the way fairly to give him room. The third picture in the third block of pictures above shows maldonado completely on the wrong line, even his front left is INSIDE the kerb, showing he completely turned in on hamilton. Absolutely stupid by maldonado, should have realised hamiltn was committed, like hamilton realised schumacher was committed at the hairpin.

        • f1geordie said on 31st May 2011, 17:13

          *apoligies his front RIGHT is inside, which is still completely the wrong line. I bet if we had a later shot his front left would have been on the kerb, which is just ridiculous. I’m not scorning at maldonado, he was probably nervous because he was in a good top ten position, but to say hamilton is at blame for that is ludicrous. Racing incident.

      • kbdavies said on 31st May 2011, 22:33

        Well said Solo. Most people commenting here have never been involved in any competitive sport before, and certainly not at the highest level. They do NOT understand the desire to win and how it encompasses, define and shapes a persons life; This is why they expect sportsmen to behave like robots in the heat of competition.

        Most people criticizing Lewis would have said far far worse if they had gone through the kind of weekend Lewis had a Monaco. It really p****s me off!

        The guy is human for Gods sake! His desire to win is clearly above most of the grid; save for Alonso, Schumacher and Vettel – and we all know how they behave when things go against them, or they lose.

        We say we want racing, but vilify the best racer on the grid when it goes wrong, vilify him for speaking his mind, vilify him for apologizing, even vilify him when his team makes a mistake that costs him dearly!
        And in this case, he CLEARLY was NOT at fault for both incidents. I agree with Lewis that Massa must indeed be stupid; as its not the first time that he has tried to turn the car overtaking him into a pile of Lego bricks. He is even known for destroying his own race just to stop another car from overtaking him.
        Lewis has NEVER been involved in an incident where another car has attempted to overtake him – This cannot be said for Massa, Webber, Vettel etc, and i dont see crowds out trying to hang and quarter them! At worst, this was a racing incident for Gods sake.

        I just hate it when underachieving couch potatoes who cant do a tenth of what a sportsman does suddenly become experts on sports psychology and start criticizing the said sportsperson when he does something wrong. They have no idea what it take to reach the highest echelons of your sport, the effort, hard work, sacrifices and sweat. Yeah, you may have read about , but if you have NEVER been in any physically demanding competitive sport at the highest level, you just need to shut up and slink back to your unfulfilled existence, instead of criticizing those that have the guts to do it! Rant over!

      • David Johnson said on 1st June 2011, 8:30

        +1 !! Nice one Solo !!

      • sumedh said on 2nd June 2011, 4:15

        What a load of tosh!

        Look at your own images. Michael was already alongside Hamilton when he made that pass. In case of Massa, Hamilton was about half-a-car length behind Massa.

        And please don’t tell us that Maldonado is not supposed to turn in earlier. Like Sushi said, it is a race and drivers are allowed to defend their positions.
        Maldonado is not give in to Hamilton just because Hamilton is half-a-car length behind him. That is not how F1 racing works.

        Has to be said though, F1Fanatic has become more of a LHFanatic website these days. The bias needs to reduce if we want to have honest discussions about driver abilities.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd June 2011, 7:50

          The bias needs to reduce

          What have I written that you’re objecting to?

          • sumedh said on 2nd June 2011, 10:32

            I am objecting to the comment. Not any post written by you Keith.

            I mean come on, Hamilton still being 4th in the “driver of the weekend” is just absolutely bizarre. This was one of the worst races Hamilton had. And he himself accepts it and apologizes. But unfortunately, his fans are unwilling to accept it.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd June 2011, 10:37

            I am objecting to the comment. Not any post written by you Keith.

            Then address your comments to the readers, not the site.

      • leftyloosy said on 2nd June 2011, 9:08

        thanks solo for the great job and for the pictures of something that should be seen on video. very clever.
        hamilton “respected the other car” because hamilton went wide and shumi had the racing line and was already next to him before they turned. In the case of massa and maldinardo they had the racing line and were infront of hamilton. there is a huge difference.and your pictures shows this. you are seeing what you want to see. he expected massa and maldanardo to jump out of his way. they didnt he drove into them.

        • Solo (@solo) said on 3rd June 2011, 0:49

          First, pictures are better if it’s the action with close frames because it’s static and you can analyze with your peace what you see and see details you can’t notice with a fast moving video. A live video is fast and in a split of a moment. In the end after you watch you get nothing because anyone can say anything because he can see anything he likes. It’s all just happened fast and anyone can say whatever.

          They had the racing line and they were in-frond? You are just making a fool of yourself of not knowing anything about racing.
          First Hamilton had the inside line, and this racing line is nothing but your imagination.
          Who taught you this stupidity of people having the supposed racing line of having the right to just hit other cars by their side and not leaving room? They don’t have any such right.
          Where to you people come with this staff?

          As about being in-frond then read a little because the driver overtaking certainly isn’t obliged to have his car in-frond before they reach a corner and Hamilton didn’t just put his frond wing on there back wheels.
          From when is defending just turning into the other guy? Defending happens when you close the door BEFORE the other guy slips through. When you left it open and he already took it then he can’t go anywhere else it’s up to the defender to decide if he wants to race side by side or just cause a collision. The collision is their responsibility.
          You can’t close a door when someone is half way threw it. You are just gonna hit the guy. The same happens with real doors too doesn’t it?
          A prober racer respects the other cars and doesn’t hit them simply because his losing to them. Hamilton wasn’t demanding anything. He simply took the door they left open, that’s not demanding for them to let him threw, that is taking their inside line and winning them. If they can’t accept defeat or try to race him by side and want to play collision derby then it’s there responsibility.

          So are we going to accuse every driver attempting to pass of wanting people to make room for him simply because he took the door that will give him the overtake that he was trying to accomplish?
          Isn’t that the point of overtaking? Taking the inside line and winning over your opponent?

          They where the ones acting like spoiled brats that can’t accept making a mistake of leaving the door open. They are the ones who demanded people not trying to pass them or they will push them off track.
          Just because Monaco is small doesn’t mean that pushing people off track isn’t your mistake.
          If pushing other off the track simply because you car is slightly in-frond is allowed then Schumi did nothing wrong pushing Rubens on the pit-wall. Besides Rubens took the inside line and Schumi had the normal line that you call racing line.
          So sure just push others in the grass, the wall, the barriers, just don’t let that other guy pass. You can to anything you like. Are you people serious? Do you even use your logic a little or did you decide to follow some imaginary rules where the defender has the right to hit cars by his side and close doors that are too late to be closed?
          When you say he has the right to close the door when the other guy has already taken the door, you are basically saying he has the right to hit people because that’s what’s gonna happen when you close a door too late.
          What happened to respect among racers and going at it side by side and acknowledging when the other guy took it from you?

    • HxCas (@hxcas) said on 2nd June 2011, 2:58

      Agreed, I view the Hamilton-Maldonado as a racing incident. Lewis tried a move that was marginal, and although it worked on Shumacher and his huge experience it was always going to be a risk with a rookie driver.
      But I wonder how opinions here would differ if Maldonado was behind Hamilton and going for the overtake? I’m sure the Hamilton fanboyism would be just as apparent and there would be people calling Maldonado all sorts of names as well as telling him to leave the sport for good

      • leftyloosy said on 2nd June 2011, 9:18

        with his move on schumacher he was extremely lucky to get away with it. if you see the onboard shots there must have been less than 50mm between them.

  6. John H said on 30th May 2011, 23:14

    Indeed hairs! I’m sure the daily mirror will take the double negative as intended :)

    • Skett said on 30th May 2011, 23:22

      The actual difference between those two is the first picture.

      In the second picture it shows that they were positioned in almost exactly the same way as they approached the corner. If we take the first picture into account though we realise that Hamilton was travelling much faster than Schumacher whilst only travelling marginally faster than Maldonado. We’d need another picture on turn in to find out whats what

      • Bernard (@bernard) said on 30th May 2011, 23:26

        Like this one maybe?

        • Klon (@klon) said on 31st May 2011, 0:25

          Thank you for arguing against your own point. Saves me the trouble. In that pic you obviously see that Hamilton was one virtually one level with Schumacher, so Schumacher had to keep the door open. Whereas Maldonado was a bit further ahead and therefore fully entitled to the racing line.

          • Maksutov said on 31st May 2011, 5:04

            that ^

          • @ Klon, with respect, I think you’ve missed the point.
            If Maldonado had taken the “racing line” as you say, that would have given both drivers just about enough room to manouver and avoid a collision. He did not do this however, and instead went through St.Devote so far to the right that one could almost form the impression he was trying to overtake someone on the inside. So yes, it was an ambitious move on the part of Hamilton, but very poor defending on the part of Maldonado. Therefore I would agree with Martin Brundle and and many bloggers here and not have have given him the penalty for this incident.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st May 2011, 7:04

          I think this shows it should be deemed just a racing incident.
          Maybe give both a reprimand, if they want (seems they are really hot on them right now). Hamilton should have taken more care, Maldonado might have turned in a tad later or had a long look in the mirror before to see where Lewis was.

          • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 31st May 2011, 9:45

            Thanks for that, I agree it shows that the difference between a successful overtake and a crash is slim, and how important it is that both drivers give each other room.

            In racing, that doesn’t always happen, so racing incident happen unless they just go around in circles, are overtaking via strategy or with a very effective DRS zooming straight past on a straight.

      • jake said on 30th May 2011, 23:39

        but the first pictures aren’t taken at the same place. Note the zebra crossing in the Schui pic

    • George (@george) said on 30th May 2011, 23:39

      Seems pretty obvious to me (and I called it at the time), that Maldonado turned into Hamilton. Those two pictures give a fairly good example that he had a decent overlap on the inside of Maldonado, so he should have been left room.

      Schumacher gave best, but if he’d braked as late as Maldonado he might have left more space at the apex, or Hamilton might have been able to slow down.

      Back on topic, I’m glad he apologised, this reminds me of his ‘monkeys at the back’ comment a couple of years ago.

      • Rohan said on 31st May 2011, 10:38

        Ha. Take off those Hamilton-cloured glasses and you might see things for how they really are. In other words, those not biased towards Hamilton correctly realise that hamilton deliberately drove into the side of Maldonado.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2011, 10:56

          hamilton deliberately drove into the side of Maldonado.

          So after surviving 74 laps of Monaco, and being able to continue having had his rear wing replaced, Hamilton suddenly decided to deliberately drive into another car?

          Complete nonsense.

          • HxCas (@hxcas) said on 31st May 2011, 13:01

            Just as much nonsense as people claiming Maldonado turned into him on purpose. I think Hamilton was at fault, and he really should have considered that although the move worked against shumacher, the move against maldonado was against a rookie rather than one of the most experienced men on the grid. But it could have easily been a racing incident. Guess it doesn’t matter though since the penalty didn’t affect him in the slightest. He should be happy about this, he gained a place and lost nothing

    • lightsout (@lightsout) said on 30th May 2011, 23:54

      Your pictures are really nice. I think the rules have to be changed, as it seems unless you are past then the driver you are overtaking can just turn into you and get a penalty. I know this is a fine line, but ultimately we all want the drivers doing this!

      It is the same reason I dislike the fact the lead driver can just push another driver out of space.

      • Cacarella said on 31st May 2011, 2:37

        Actually, If your name is Micheal Schumacher and you happen to be at Jerez in 1997, and you ‘just turn into’ a car that’s overtaking you, you’ll probably get the penalty and not the overtaking driver.

        (and rightfully so of course).

        • lightsout (@lightsout) said on 31st May 2011, 2:42

          At Jerez Villeneuve was ahead of Schumacher got turned in on, and Schumacher got the penalty. So the point question is, at what point does the car turning in become the victim or the aggressor?

          • gabal (@gabal) said on 31st May 2011, 13:17

            I don’t think you can judge this from a static pictures, in Schumacher’s case he was struggling with tyres and Hamilton was clearly faster then him and had the pace to make the move stick and was side by side with him when they started breaking for the corner.
            In the Maldonado case they were more evenly matched and he got close to him only after Williams driver started breaking and turning into a corner.

        • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 31st May 2011, 13:25

          Or if your name is Prost at Suzuka in 89…

  7. Mr draw said on 30th May 2011, 23:30

    Fake PR-talk. :(
    Why on earth did his team allow him to give an interview directly after the race? They should have known he was going to say stupid things, so they had to protect him against himself. Now it’s too late to come up with some fake apologies.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st May 2011, 8:05

      What I find funny is that a lot of people said that they respect Hamilton for speaking his mind at the end of the race. And now, these same fans have even more respect for Lewis once his PR team gave him a scolding, and asked him to make a public apology to the drivers and stewards he had offended.

      I was never a fan of Hamilton as a sports personality. I always thought he was a bit of an idiot, and this weekend he proved that without the PR team scripting his every word, he is just a really big douche bag.

      • Xusen said on 31st May 2011, 9:29

        If you always though he was an idiot..what chance did he have to change your mind? now chance for you to give a unbiased view as your mind was made up long ago.

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st May 2011, 9:56

          He had a chance to express himself in a respectable manner after the race, instead he calls the stewards racist, and two of his fellow drivers ridiculously stupid. After his PR team shows him the errors of his ways, he decides to write a fake apology via twitter, just to do some damage limitation to his reputation.

          You can call me biased, but I dont think that anyone other than a Hamilton fanboy could respect Lewis for his on track and off track behaviour this weekend.

          • topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 31st May 2011, 10:36

            Pretty much sums up my view.

            I love watching him race normally; that gung-ho attitude is great. But when things go wrong he takes it too far and then blames everyone else.

      • Macca77 said on 1st June 2011, 6:41

        +1

  8. james_mc said on 30th May 2011, 23:32

    Technically he did have the intent to offend – note the double negative. Either his grammar is appalling or he’s sneakier than Senor Alonso…

  9. CarsVsChildren (@carsvschildren) said on 30th May 2011, 23:55

    This is simply a PR stunt. A true heartfelt apology would have been conducted either in person, or at least in a phone call, not via twitter.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 31st May 2011, 0:19

      Who’s to say he didn’t apologise in person?

    • I admire the sentiment but I think a better tool would have been more appropriate (assuming he hasn’t contacted them in person of course) especially as Massa doesn’t even have Twitter :P However, given the stick he’s got the past couple of days a very public apology is a case of two birds and one stone I guess.

  10. f1geordie said on 30th May 2011, 23:59

    Somewhat inevtiable apologies but nonetheless heart-felt and honest. Lewis is a special driver.

  11. johnno said on 31st May 2011, 0:02

    @CarsVsChildren. In person or phone call: apologises to 1 person. On twitter: apologises to hundreds of thousands of followers. Ive no doubt he will resolute with them in canada.

  12. F1iLike said on 31st May 2011, 0:06

    Ali G got on Lewis twitter account.

  13. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 31st May 2011, 0:22

    I never meant to offend no one

    I’m sure I’m not the only pedant who read this and thought: so, you did mean to offend someone!

  14. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 31st May 2011, 1:26

    Good on him. Regardless of what he said I’ll always like him, but to apologise and man up earns my respect.

    As for his comments – the worst thing about them was the complete overreaction and soapbox and armchair criticism from everyone. 700 comments on an F1 Fanatic article? Jeez…

    And to anyone criticising or questioning his apology – grow up and move on please.

    • Lopes said on 31st May 2011, 3:52

      I just wish he apologized for knocking them both out of the race, but that would be too naive from me, wouldn’t it?

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