MONACO Lewis Hamilton apologized to stewards in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after jokingly suggesting he or she has been disciplined simply because he is black.
The McLaren driver was handed a couple drive-through problems following incidents with Ferrari's Felipe Massa along with Williams' Pastor Maldonado through Sunday's race, won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
"It's a good total . joke," Hamilton shared with your BBC. "I've gone to observe the particular stewards personal trainer moments out of five the following season.
"Maybe it's because I'm black. That's just what Ali G says," Hamilton added, looking at the television system persona made famous by way of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Hamilton later on said he / she visited the stewards to be able to "make peace."
"What I stated was some a joke, which in turn wasn't amusing from the time," Hamilton informed Britain's Press Association. "I manufactured these aware that will when inner thoughts tend to be high, in addition to it really is incredibly powerful along at the ending of these type of races, you don't generally state the particular proper thing, in addition to the joke didn't come at the a lot of appropriate time."
Motorsport's governing body, FIA, did not right away react to Hamilton's comment. But your 26-year-old Englishman claimed this stewards confident the pup they will will "clarify" the specific situation having FIA as well as the issue "won't visit further versus the conference room."
Hamilton drew his or her first drive-through fees with the collision along with Massa. The minute appeared to be regarding arriving in get in touch with by using Maldonado late in the race. He attained a 20-second penalty, but it could not impact his kind location involving sixth, because Force India's Adrian Sutil seemed to be your lap driving him or her throughout seventh.
Hamilton, who was demoted from seventh to be able to ninth about the start grid regarding cutting a curve with getting qualification Saturday, thought Massa appeared to be at fault inside the first instance.
"He converted into me (during the race)," he said. "I bought that penalty. These staff are usually ridiculous. It's stupid."
Hamilton is a solely car owner to own usual Vettel in six races that season, defeating that German with China, but he's 58 factors at the rear of Vettel inside the championship standings.
"I'll simply attempt to maintain my mouth close and also make an effort to utilize the rest of the season," Hamilton said.