Despite an apology to the Monaco Grand Prix stewards after he was issued with his second penalty of the race, Lewis Hamilton may face further sanctions from the sport’s governing body for his post-race outburst in which he hinted – jokingly, he claims – that he was being discriminated against.
The McLaren driver threw a major hissy fit in an interview with BBC F1 pit reporter Louise Goodman after finishing a disappointing sixth at the end of the 78-lap race yesterday, railing against the capabilities of his fellow drivers and what he claimed was the bias of the FIA stewards.
He even stopped to suggest that his five appearances in front of officialdom may have something to do with his skin colour.
While later attempting to clarify that – with the comment being made in reference to the fictional character Ali G – he had made his comments with tongue very firmly planted in cheek, the very suggestion he was being racially discriminated against sparked a wave of backlash from the F1 media and fans alike.
“It was a bit of a joke, which wasn’t funny at the time,” he told reporters late on Sunday. “I made [the stewards] aware that, when emotions are high, you don’t always say the right thing. Should I have said it or shouldn’t I? Like I said I was trying to be funny, but it wasn’t funny. You’re not always right when you’re trying to be funny. Sometimes you really put your foot in it and you offend people.”
And despite Hamilton insisting that the stewards – which included former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish on its roster this weekend – had accepted his olive branch offering, he could face further penalties from the FIA if it believes he has brought the sport into disrepute.
The lack of foresight from Hamilton was simply astounding. Choosing to make his views known on live TV in the heat of the moment was certainly not a top-shelf move from the Briton, and his so-called publicising of the subsequent apology smacked of little more than a PR move rather than an expression of any actual remorse on his part.
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