Formula 1 legend Murray Walker says he feels that the decision not to punish Lewis Hamilton for his actions behind the Safety Car in the Japanese Grand Prix is a 'victory for common sense'.

Hamilton, who leads the championship race by twelve points going into the Chinese GP this weekend, was called before the stewards after new video evidence - captured from the crowd and uploaded on YouTube - gave a different view of the incident that saw Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collide while behind the Safety Car at Fuji.

It left the young Briton facing the prospect of losing the ten points he gained for his victory at Fuji but the stewards decided he should face no action, and also removed the ten place grid penalty that had been imposed on Vettel for his part in the incident.

"This is a well deserved victory for common sense," Walker told the BBC. "What happened at Fuji last weekend was that the weather was so appalling that it was miraculous that the drivers were able to even stay on the track. They had to follow the Safety Car for some 20 laps and obviously Lewis Hamilton lost concentration for moment and veered to the right, which is hardly surprising. As a result of that, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collided. Yes, you could say it was Lewis' fault but it wasn't done with malice - I am quite confident of that.

"Lewis has been under colossal pressure and it is unprecedented in the history of motor sport for a driver in his first year to be in contention the world championship. Lewis has been in that position from the third race and has been under huge amounts of pressure but I'm sure that he will be his usual cheerful self again after this result and Formula 1 will have forgotten about it in a year's time.

"He has a twelve point lead over Fernando Alonso and really the championship is his to lose. If he breaks down and Fernando wins there were be a two point gap again for the final race in Brazil in two weeks time but McLaren produce good cars which are consistently reliable and fingers crossed, Lewis Hamilton will get the job done. It couldn't happen to a nicer or more deserving bloke."

Walker added that he couldn't remember a season during his long time in the sport that has had more political wrangling than the current campaign, which has been overshadowed by the spying scandal that saw Hamilton's McLaren team kicked out of the constructors' championship.

"I don't think I can remember a season where there has been more," he admitted, "although I can remember a season when there has been a considerable amount of political controversy. I think this one just about takes the biscuit.

"McLaren seem to have been beset with every turn of the wheel and you wondered when it was going to stop. Why poor Ron Dennis hasn't had a nervous breakdown is beyond my understanding..."

 

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