F1 » Hamilton: I didn't 'over-defend'

Lewis Hamilton has accepted the 20-second penalty he received in Malaysia, but insists that he was not guilty of defending too hard.

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April 15, 2011 9:43 AM

I'm a hammy fan, so yes I am biased.. but I really don't get any of the 20s penalties to him or alonso! Yes, he was defending position.. but that's call motor racing!
And what is alonso penalized for?? It's not like he wanted(!) to hit hamilton - but again...motor racing... (and Im really not alonso fan!)
I know these are old news.. but Im really concerned about.. where these weird rulings are taking our favourite tv sport! If we can't have serious fights for positions between two of the absolute top pilots - then why watch it at all?!?

Firestorm - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 9:51 AM

Lewis,sooner or later if this accident didn't happened to you and Fernando....in a few laps Alonso would overtake Hamilton.He was a lot faster and Hamilton has no chance to take Alonso behind for too long,or they made contact and ruin both drivers afternoon.Hamilton only degraded more his tyres looking to defence his third place and he lost a lot more,because he is unable to make the right choices in the right moments.And I am not speaking only about 2011 Malaysian GP.Look at Hamilton career in F1.You will find a lot of gremblins with the tyres or other things.


April 15, 2011 9:59 AM

all these stupid unnecessary rules do is make the drivers hesitant and afraid to race which will result in boring processional races.

neither Teflonso or Hamilton should have been penalised... Message to the stewards... IT'S CALLED RACING!!!

new f1fan - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 10:24 AM

If the stewards can find something to penalise him for they will,but this time it was Alonso who went off crying to them.For however long Lewis stays for in this sport for(and i hope it is a long time yet)he is always going to be number 1 target by them,so if he can keep winning with that always against him then he must be a damb good driver.

elijah - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 11:30 AM

Why did no one see anything wrong with Hamiltons driving during the race ?
All Hami did was make his car big ie race.
A strict interpretation of the rules would see nearly all drivers given a penalty in all races.

Alonso on the other hand suffered another bout of ''ROAD RAGE''- Antony Davidson. He drove into, damaged and compromised the performance of Hamiltons car so deserved a penalty.

Wade - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 11:49 AM

I'm surprised so many people are saying Hamilton is being targeted for penalties by the stewards. I think it was last year when he did something wrong in each of the first few races of the year and didn't get penalised once. All he got was reprimands.

Sounds like the complete opposite to me.

andrew. - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 12:53 PM

Simple fact is he changed line 3 times, which is not allowed. The rules are very clear on this with no dubiety at all.

However, what's done is done. Better to look to the rest of the season rather than dwelling on one incident.

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