Hamilton Hits Out At Stewards After Frustrating Monaco Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton voiced his displeasure towards the Monaco race stewards after some of his overtaking moves around the streets of Monte Carlo were called into question.

Speaking to the BBC’s Lee McKenzie, Hamilton described his summons to the stewards room as ‘an absolute frickin’ joke’.

The 2008 world champion was given a drive-through penalty during the race after colliding with Felipe Massa around the hairpin and was handed a 20-second penalty after the race for a late clash with Pastor Maldonado, but retains his sixth place finish.

A heated Hamilton, speaking before he learnt of this second penalty, hit out at the stewards: “It’s an absolute frickin’ joke,” he said. “I’ve been to see the stewards five times out of six this season.”

When asked why he thought the stewards were particularly keen to speak to him so frequently he replied: “Maybe it’s because I’m black. That’s what Ali G says.”

On the collision with Massa, Hamilton laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Ferrari driver – a contrary view to many observers and pundits: “Massa held me up in qualifying, I got the penalty,” he moaned. “He turned in to me [during the race], I got the penalty. These drivers are ridiculous. It’s stupid.”

Hamilton’s comments may get him into trouble with the FIA if they were to decide he was bringing the sport into disrepute.

  • R_k_wis

     The Stewards have definitely forgotten the concept of ‘racing’

  • T1000

    Force India’s Paul di resta did the exact same crash. But lewis was more impact and ham was quite obviously desperate.

  • Dragon_force

    I like the comment, ham – like a bull in china shop. Haha ham vet got you, even but and alo got you. Sut also was beating you for most of the race. Haha

  • helen rogers

    as usual the use of editing by the media has blown this up out of all proportion, and  LH is being criticised by people who have most likely not seen the whole interview and the comment in the context it was made

    It was A JOKE, maybe it was in poor taste but jeez get over it

    Any F1 fan knows you have to drive a red car to ensure your misdemeanors are invisible to the FIA and stewards haha