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Rivals slate Hamilton`s aggressive driving style.

Formula 1 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has again come under fire in the wake of the Italian Grand Prix at the weekend – this time for his driving etiquette.

The McLaren-Mercedes star – who divided paddock opinion with his chicane-cutting during the Belgian Grand Prix just over a week ago, and who only very recently criticised the behaviour of some of his fellow drivers during qualifying [see separate story – click here] – qualified just 15th at Monza after making a severely misguided tyre choice in Q2.

That left him having to fight his way up through the order to his eventual seventh place finish at the chequered flag – rather too robustly on occasion, some have claimed.

“There were some unnecessary movements he made,” former team-mate and sworn rival Fernando Alonso told reporters at the famous Italian circuit, “and he repeated them with [Timo] Glock and [Mark] Webber. It is his way of racing.”

“I do not know what he was thinking,” agreed Toyota ace Glock – Hamilton's successor as GP2 Series Champion last year – in an interview with German broadcaster RTL. “I was right next to him, but he left me no room.

“Sometimes he drives as though he is completely alone on the track. The next time I am with him on-track, I will behave with him in exactly the same way.”

The contact with Webber to which Alonso referred came late on in the race, as the Australian and Hamilton tussled over seventh place and locked wheels going into the first chicane – though the latter is adamant he did nothing wrong.

“I made sure I covered my inside spot, but I didn't want to stay there on the wet patch or I wouldn't have made the corner,” the 23-year-old explained. “He (Webber) just clipped my front wheel and went on.”

Following the race, Hamilton now holds a slender one-point advantage over Ferrari's Felipe Massa in the title chase, pending McLaren's Spa-Francorchamps appeal.


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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, 3rd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, The steering wheel of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Press conference, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, 3rd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08

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Kiran Patel

September 15, 2008 3:19 PM

I guess we have to ask ourselves a question here and that is whether or not Formula 1 is a competitive sport or not? It is very easy for drivers to pick out LH's drive as aggressive becasue lets face it, anyone in the position he was needed to be. We have critised the likes of Fisico, Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button amongst many others over the past two years for providing us with utterly spinless drives on occasion and I actually applaud Lewsi Hamilton for having the determination to give things a go yesterday. As fans of this sport, IMO we want to see drivers duelling with each other wheel to wheel, overtaking for position on track and showing F1 to be the spectacle it should be....



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