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Hamilton escapes after Monaco rant

Lewis Hamilton avoids punishment from the FIA over Monaco rant

Lewis Hamilton has escaped punishment from the FIA over the comments he made in the immediate aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The McLaren hit out after being penalised for two collisions on track, calling the decision taken by stewards 'frickin' ridiculous' and then quipping that it may have been 'because I'm black – that's what Ali G says' – making reference to the comedy character made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen.

There had been talk that Hamilton could face the wrath of the FIA for bringing the sport into disrepute despite multiple apologies following the Monaco weekend, although FIA president Jean Todt has now revealed to the Daily Telegraph that he has accepted an apology from Hamilton via a series of letters between the governing body and the driver.

“I am trying to maintain a good harmony amongst everybody,” he said. “I have tried to avoid controversy. I could have leaked the letter but it's between him and the FIA.”

Todt added that he had stayed out of discussions linked to the affair during the actual Monaco weekend and insisted that the incident was now well and truly over.

“My office was next to the stewards,” he said. “Every time I went to see them I avoided making any comment. For me what Lewis said was unacceptable but I didn't want to overreact.

"I could have asked our judicial court to address the problem but we never officially opened the case. He went to the stewards to apologise. He went with his father.

"Maybe it would have been better to put him in the court; to ban him for six grands prix. But he wrote to me and I wrote to him and the thing is over.”

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f1 is dead to me - Unregistered

June 09, 2011 12:01 AM

totally wrong decision. they should have thrown the book at the spoilt brat and taught him a lesson. won't be the last temper tantrum from lulu. yet again lulu gets away with it. sends out a very bad message - smash into your opponents, lie, cheat, insult other drivers and the act like a petulant child when you get caught. i have lost faith in f1.

Mark _

June 08, 2011 11:04 PM

So the option was to do nothing or ban him from six races? After this and the whole Bahrain situation I am quickly losing all faith in Todt as the head of the FIA. While I do not think that he should have been banned perhaps a fine of a few thousand to the road safety program would have been more appropriate. Even NASCAR would have fined a driver $50k for such an outburst. Insulting the officials and coyly playing the race card should not be tolerated.

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