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

  1. Ronman said on 31st May 2011, 5:55

    I like hot headed racers, but Hamilton is still committing mistakes that are beneath a world champion…he’s a great driver, but does have personality issues…he still has to learn to sustainably keep his mouth shut…

  2. LA_ OGKush said on 31st May 2011, 6:20

    Thanks J & Robyn. Mr Flanders needed to be told. As well, I don’t really think when U tweet, text, post on FB, etc Ur sposd ta wuri bout. I wk in the biz and many celebrities do this. Yer gram- mar. Doesn’t mean one don’t ;) know how to speak with perfect diction or write well. Idiots…, oops I’m sorry. Dummies.

  3. John H said on 31st May 2011, 10:04

    We seem to be in a culture of botched overtake equals penalty. The maldonado incident should have just been a racing incident. No reprimand, no penalty, just a consequence of a ‘Race’

  4. dennis said on 31st May 2011, 11:35

    Here we go again……..

  5. antonyob said on 31st May 2011, 11:38

    wow! lewis has turned a corner, at least in the fans eyes. 2 yrs ago the comments were full of haters talking irrationally about him, his personality, his true skill etcccczzzetera.

    Maybe its because he doesnt win as much nowadays but whatever the reason, the sport certainly would be weaker without him. He is a Villeneuve type after all rather than a Prost metrognomic (sic) driver.

    trouble is hes got a reputation now so drivers may feel they can turn in on him and he’ll be reprimanded.

    Regardless of whether maldonado or massa shouldve turned in, it is true to say that the sport needs more drivers to seize the moment, not less. And as Brundle said, its 75/25% in terms of the chance of having an incident at the hairpin regardless of circumstance.

    • AgBNYC said on 1st June 2011, 23:48

      This is absolutely true – but, you cannot simply give carte blanche to Hamilton (or any driver for that matter) to take a low percentage pass (25/75), knock out other drivers and call it a day…. Massa was also racing someone in front. (I’m not going to argue ad nauseum as some people simply want to believe what they want to believe.)

      As Sir Jackie said here – http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91891

      Stewards have a lot of information available (that we don’t) – and now a DRIVER who is part of their decision making – they handed Hamilton a meaningless 20 second penalty for the Maldonado incident – perhaps to say “this was not your first and only overly ambitious move today that took out a competitor – we are watching”…

      The most distressing part of Hamilton’s actions was his total disrespect to other drivers and lack of ownership of the blame… but he is still very young…. we can all hope…

  6. Christopher Vissing said on 31st May 2011, 11:57

    saw this on his facebook page.. love the fact he keeps his writing language all gangsta :D

  7. Mole said on 31st May 2011, 12:16

    The damage is already done, when will Lewis learn not to throw his toys out of the pram whenever anything goes wrong? As a former Lewis fan, I am no longer one.

  8. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 31st May 2011, 12:21

    I predicted that on sunday. He’ll say stuff and 2 days later come up with an apology.

  9. antonyob said on 31st May 2011, 12:32

    im not sure where this “gangsta” speak comes from. i live in west london and pretty much every kid talks like that, black or white, from Staines or from Chiswick- well ok not Chiswick. Lewis speaks no differently to any estate kid. I think its fine to gently mock Lewis but its not a put on afer meeting Biggie Diddy or whomever.

    All power to someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, he used to be criticised for being too much of a company boy. he truly is a marmite man, probably even in Denmark.

  10. Younger Hamii said on 31st May 2011, 13:26

    Overall i completely Hated what Lewis said on Sunday and i thought the way he drove this Weekend was completely reckless and Unacceptable and i thought that this was not the Lewis Hamilton i Knew.But he Spoke his Heart and Mind out with real Honesty and Emotion and that really should be touching to Formula 1 Fans at the Moment.The Lewis Hamilton that i Know was relatively calm towards the end of His Interview and was mature as well as commenting on Twitter,Apologising to everyone he probably offended over the Grand Prix Weekend.

    This is obviously coming from a Lewis Fan and to be honest right now we can critcise Lewis and respect what he said as much as we want but its in the Past and we should look forward to Montreal Next Weekend and seeing Lewis recover from all of this with another POLE POSITION AND RACE VICTORY!!

  11. mattr said on 31st May 2011, 13:36

    lewis was voted the best driver at the spanish grand prix,and he was great in china too.
    he has one bad weekend and ppl judge him on that.
    what he did in the race has been blown out of proportion.he said some stupid things,we all do when we are frustrated,and we’re not trying to win a world championship.
    anyway he apologizes for what he did,and ppl still arent happy.
    bottom line is,he was punished for both incidents,and he’s apologized for what happened.that good enough for me.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st May 2011, 20:00

      It is good enough, you’re correct. However people will always jump all over bad news, it makes for far more interesting headlines. This will be forgotten come Valencia (it will be featured in the Montreal build-up).

  12. Robert Edwards said on 31st May 2011, 13:59

    I’ve followed F1 for some 40 years now and obviously remember the battles between Senna, Prost, Lauda, Piquet, Mansell, etc. I was at Monaco in 1984 and saw Senna in the Toleman. I was furious when Ickx stopped the race! What gorious years!!! Many young fans today didn’t live that era and have no way of comparing to today’s sport. The Spanish and English press had a field day with Lewis and Fernando in McLaren. This week-end we’ve had Lewis’s outbursts and very mixed and diverse coments from around the world. But I see it this way… Hamilton is currently the most spectacular driver in F1 today. We all compain when the sport is boring. This year it is much better with the new regs. But it’s never boring when Kewis is driving. And that’s the way I like formula1.

  13. kristy said on 31st May 2011, 14:04

    sounds like he is sucking up. everyone one saw his true colours, its too late for pr apologies.
    its a constant cycle, first he blames everyone, then he apologises only when he sees the public swing against him. he has to be a bigger man at the first step and be able to take defeat. to be considered a winner, you also have to be a gracious loser. but its getting worse with hamilton, he hasnt matured in f1, infact he is acting more spoilt, previously he mainly moaned if the car wasnt good enough, now he moans at others for his own mistakes.

  14. Melty said on 31st May 2011, 14:08

    Has anyone noticed that Maldonado made more than one blocking move down the ‘straight’? Why was this not noticed by the stewards? Is it a result of the straight not really being straight, that helped this avoid detection?

  15. mattr said on 31st May 2011, 15:35

    maldonado clearly weaves infront of lewis and turns in too early.


    it should have gone down as a racing incident.

    • slr said on 31st May 2011, 16:31

      Maldonado was defending but then changed back to the racing line to take the corner properly. If he was weaving to defend, it wouldn’t be a racing incident, it would be Maldonado getting the penalty.

  16. mattr said on 31st May 2011, 15:49


    the same move on schumacher

  17. west (@west) said on 31st May 2011, 17:03

    keith remember hamilton is fighting for the championship, he was not going to sit behind those slow guy’ or slow cars’ he had to use his tactics to pass them, but they lack expriance thats why the accident happened . Look at him and schum both have expriance there was no accident

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2011, 17:14

      I don’t think I’ve ever said Hamilton isn’t fighting for the championship and should have just stayed behind the other cars, so I’m not sure you’re getting at.

    • Macca77 said on 1st June 2011, 6:49

      That’s funny, Massa has a lot more experience than Lewis in F1. First of all he drove for Sauber a few years before going to Ferrari, something Lewis didnt do and shows everytime he opens his mouth.

  18. west (@west) said on 31st May 2011, 17:10

    And remember guys once some one say sorry they need to be forgiven we all do mistakes in our life . stop all the crap you talking let lew fight for the championship his the only one who can stop the bull,lol

  19. mattr said on 31st May 2011, 17:26

    hamiltons overtake of schumacher


    hamiltons overtake of maldonado.


    if you pause the video at 13 seconds youll see how deep maldonado cuts in.his 2 wheels are not on the curb,half of his car is over it.

  20. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st May 2011, 19:57

    I knew Hamilton would be tripping over himself to apologise. I can’t imagine he’s lost many fans. Might not have gained too many but irrespective of how reckless he was in Monaco I can never hold it against a driver for sheer determination. He’s not a vindictive guy, he just wants to win.

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