F1 » Hamilton's driving will end in 'someone getting killed'

Former three-time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda has warned the FIA that if nothing is done to curb McLaren-Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton's on-track aggression, 'it will result in someone getting killed'

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Doug - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:31 PM

In his rookie year these moves he got away with, now he is doing the same moves and crashing his brains out, the novelty of him is worn out.
Time to reel him in, only problem is he will play the race card for real this time and drag F1 thru the mud.
Sure has gone from hero to zero in record time.
RBR dont have the budget to cover his car and PR damage bill, so they wont want him.

MikeG - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:33 PM

I am not a Lewis fan but think that he is getting unfairly persecuted here. Both moves he was going for the gap and it didn't work out. Deducing from this that he is going to kill somebody is harsh man. Come on Niki hope that you aren't ever a steward.

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:35 PM

A lot of the comments about Hamilton are nothing but people who are trying to remain in the spotlight and get some press.

Hamilton has been doing what every other driver does for the most part.
The mistake is that he has sometimes pushed too hard at bad times- and he is far from the first driver to do so.

Has he earned penalties? Yes.
Is he "likely to kill someone?"
A bit of an exaggeration there...

What he HAS done, unfortunately is take himself out of contention in a few races and sadly taken others out as well.

He is not the first driver to do THAT, either, yet we don't usually hear about drivers being about to massacre an entire crop of F1 drivers.

Be realistic, people.
Like Hamilton needs to be.

Stoo - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:35 PM

Think Niki Lauda needs to crawl back to bed and leave the racing to the younger generation.
If there's an issue with Hamilton's driving, the other driver's would revolt until he's removed. Sure, Webber was the latest to question Hamilton's driving skills, but all the drivers have and do similar things.
It just so happens that Hamilton seems to be this year's attention guy. In the past it was Alonso doing all the 'bad-man' stuff. Seems Lauda and the press "need" someone to persecute given Alonso's timid season so far.
It's racing... get over it!

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:41 PM

They give the drivers all the aids they need for close racing and passing. And then take a swipe at someone for trying to fill a gap. If they want to go back to processions they can reverse all the new rules and drivers aids. FIA can't have it both ways. The NEW F1 is designed for entertainment. Niki just doesn't understand the MODERN F1.

MAMBA - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:42 PM

I've been saying that his wreckless driving style will end up killing someone for the best part of 4 years now.
F1 cars should not be driven like dodgems, they are far to dangerous to treat with such little respect, that is why it's supposed to be a non contact sport.

Niki is 100% right, throw Hamilton a 3 race ban instead of all these pointless penalties, maybe it would make him grow up and force him to treat the sport, its fans and its compeditors with some respect.


June 14, 2011 3:43 PM

having barely survived a near death accident, niki has more insight as to the danger of the sport. further he is a commentator on rtl and was giving his professional opinion
my reading of his comments was that he did not say lulu "will kill someone" but that "someone could be killed".. that is quite different but true. if lulu punts another car into a wall or barrier, and parts of a car pass over the barrier, some bystander could be killed or seriously injured. also, with the high nose on the current cars (banned next year) there is considerable risk of a driver suffering serious head injuries in event of a t-bone. nikis comments are a warning. we cannot condone accidents just because someone is not killed. must we wait for a fatality to take action?


June 14, 2011 3:53 PM

Not surprised Crash has posted this story but decided not to run an article where Jenson Button defended his team mate telling people like Lauda to back off. Methinks they want a lot of reaction and will no doubt get it since it's about Lewis Hamilton and it means a lot of hits.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:55 PM

Then the FIA should take away all drivers aids. They are the reason that the cars even stay close to one another. Maybe add front bumpers and airbags.

And if FIA and niki so worried about accidents why doesn't the FIA mandate that carbon fiber be removed from the track? During the race carbon fiber was all over the track and cars driving right through the debris. They would rather send out a track worker like they did and let him get run over. Or did you not see that.

Patrick - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:57 PM

I have yet to see where Hamilton has come close to getting anyone killed. Hamilton has made some bone headed moves this year and he has paid the price. He is now 4th in the championship.

The person I feel is driving the worst and most aggressive is Michael Schumacher. His antics of running people off the track, and causing contact are getting old.

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