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Hamilton opposed to FIA road conduct proposal

Contrary to the FIA, Lewis Hamilton believes that indiscretions on the road should not affect a driver's ability to race.
F1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton has said that he would not want to see mistakes made on the road carried over to the racetrack after the FIA suggested that miscreants could lose their competition licence.

A minor notice issued following Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris - where the headline 'event' was the hearing into Ferrari's latest 'team orders' furore - revealed that the governing body was proposing an amendment to F1's sporting code.

"The FIA, both in its motorsport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety," the missive read, "Competitors at FIA events must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules.

"A proposal to amend the international sporting code will be submitted to the FIA General Assembly to clarify that any holder of an International Super Licence must also be in possession of a current road driving licence. Additionally, the Code will be amended to clarify that if an International Super Licence holder is involved in a serious road traffic offence recognised by a national police authority, the FIA, depending on the severity of the case, may issue a warning or refer the matter to the International Disciplinary Tribunal, which may temporarily or indefinitely withdraw the competitor's International Super Licence."

However, Hamilton, who was fined $500 under Australian 'hoon laws' for performing a burn-out as he exited the Albert Park circuit in March and was previously caught speeding excessively on French roads, has said that, while he respects the need to set a good example, he does not feel that punishments should carry over to the racetrack.

"My personal view I would probably keep to myself - it will be safer that way," he told Reuters ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, "Young kids look up to us in a sense that they think we are superheroes, but even Superman had weaknesses.

"I contribute as much as I can to road safety, and more and more drivers are doing that - which is right - but what we do in our private life is our private life, and we are human at the end of the day. The FIA, or whoever is making the rules, will also be making mistakes. I'm sure [FIA president] Jean Todt has had a speeding ticket.

"We're all making mistakes and learning in our lives [but], for some people to take a much bigger penalty for one of those mistakes than others... It should be fair, equal to everyone.

"I don't think any one of us [F1 drivers] is going out and doing [on public roads] what we do on the racetrack. We do it in a controlled environment. I go home and I drive back from the airport and I'm on the cruise control the whole time. It's the safest way to keep in the limit, because you can't be watching the dashboard the whole time, and, of course, that's come from certain experiences I've had.

"I've learned from it and that's good for me, but I don't feel that everything that I've worked for should be taken away from me for something that could be small, could be big. It depends really what you do."


Tagged as: FIA , Lewis Hamilton , licence , road , hoon

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