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Barrichello denies Hamilton talk rumours

Rubens Barrichello plays down talk that F1 drivers are keen to discuss Lewis Hamilton's driving standards

Rubens Barrichello has denied that the Grand Prix Drivers' Association is planning to meet this weekend at Suzuka to discuss Lewis Hamilton's conduct on track.

Hamilton had been involved in a number of incidents on-track this season, the most recent coming in Singapore where he clashed with Felipe Massa during the race and incurred the wrath of the Brazilian afterwards.

Speculation followed that the drivers planned to sit down and discuss the McLaren driver's behaviour on track ahead of the start of the Suzuka weekend but Barrichello – the GPDA chairman – said he believed it was unlikely the matter would be raised.

"I don't think that's happening," he told the Press Association. "I think someone has made that up. During the briefings we talk about everything, and then with the GPDA we get together and talk a bit further.

"For example, a lot was said about what [Michael] Schumacher did to Lewis at Monza, that it was unfair, but then it got to the briefing and nobody actually said anything. There's too much talking and not enough action, so I don't think there will be anything regarding Lewis."

The veteran Brazilian also insisted that Hamilton has come in for criticism more than a number of other drivers on the grid because of the fact he has figured prominently in TV coverage this season while trying to fight his way to the front of the field.

"Formula One has more overtaking nowadays, but in reality DRS has made some cars quicker in qualifying, but not as quick in racing," he said. "That makes the grid and you have more overtaking from this. He [Hamilton] has been caught more there, but then he has been the one who has done more overtaking than some of the others.

"I'm not saying everything is okay, but as far as I'm concerned it would be too unfair to pinpoint this or that. If the camera was looking at 13th and 14th, for example, it would amaze you what is happening there. Sometimes we get to the briefing and say to Charlie [Whiting, race director] 'I tried to overtake this guy but he just blocked me', but he didn't see it. It's just because he is on TV, and he is a guy who can get to the top and win a race."



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bob - Unregistered

October 06, 2011 12:17 PM

Yes after every accident hamilton tell us "I wont change my style" but he does not mean "I am going to have another collision", "it means I will continue to drive aggressively".



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