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Jordan: Hamilton needs to show some humility.

Eddie Jordan has suggested Formula 1's conspiracy theorists take a more objective viewpoint of the penalties handed out to Lewis Hamilton and McLaren-Mercedes this year, and urged the world championship leader to show 'a little bit of humility' as the 2008 title showdown closes in.

Many have been quick to jump on the bandwagon claiming the sport's governing body, the FIA, is biased towards Ferrari, in the wake of McLaren's failure this week to have its argument against Hamilton's Belgian Grand Prix demotion heard by the International Court of Appeal. Former team owner Jordan, however, has called for a calmer appraisal of the situation.

The Irishman – who sold his eponymous outfit to Midland F1 in early 2005, having entered the top flight back in 1991 and achieved four grand prix triumphs, two pole positions and two fastest laps from 250 starts – agreed that Hamilton had been 'hard done by' to lose his Spa-Francorchamps victory, but insisted there is no plot to deny either the Stevenage-born ace or his Woking-based team world championship glory.

“It has to be borne in mind that this is the fifth time that he's had some form of penalty this year and, being perfectly honest, all previous four were clear-cut cases against him,” the 60-year-old told Irish broadcaster Setanta.

“If you take the situation where he blocked somebody in qualifying, it was clear. He paid the penalty. If you don't turn up on time, you pay the fine. In Montreal, he ran into the back of [Kimi] Raikkonen going through a red light, so that was clear too.

“If I was his team boss, I'd call him aside and say 'Lewis, you're the best person in the car – be very calm, be confident in your own ability but you don't need to do things you don't have to do'.

“We must not get carried away with 'They have it in for us'. It's the easiest form of defeat in my view. We must make sure we are not circumventing rules to make sure he wins it.

“He is great, but he needs to take a little bit of stock now and again and bring a little bit of humility to his form.”

Mark Webber, meanwhile, has revealed that further debate resulting from Hamilton's chicane-cutting controversy in the Ardennes will take place in Singapore this weekend during a meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) – of which the British star is not a member – as it is reported that some drivers are still unhappy about the clarity of the situation.

The GPDA has been lobbying for years to get all run-off areas asphalted over in the name of safety, but that has had the knock-on effect that drivers are now able to cut chicanes and rejoin the circuit without losing a great deal of time – indeed, on occasion, even gain time.

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Paul - Unregistered

September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

I quite agree with Mark''s view on the asphalting of run off areas. Safety is all well and good, but going off the circuit should be something that costs a driver time or potentially damages the car. No driver would purposely drive into a gravel trap the way they use tarmac run off areas. Perhaps this is something that should be addressed.

brendan - Unregistered

September 24, 2008 7:16 PM

brain what aload of rubbish, its got nothing to do with being black so give that a rest. plus im sure eddie has done more in f1 than most. winning with a private team, and nearly stealing a title in 99 is very impressive. lewis is great, but this idea that he has brought racing to f1 is a load of tosh(unless they didnt watch it before or decided to forget). FA and MS raced plenty. as did JPM and MS. infact them 2 did more racing together than any of lewis, fernando and kimi have done in the last 2 years. there has been very little consistant wheel to wheel racing since 2005. that one tyre rule worked. a super driver that he is, he has not all of a sudden made the sport good or bad

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