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Hamilton jokes: Maybe it's because I'm black

Sunday 29th May 2011

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Hamilton jokes: Maybe it's because I'm black

Hamilton jokes: Maybe it's because I'm black

Lewis Hamilton may have landed himself in hot water after hitting out at everyone following an incident-marred Monaco Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver was furious at the stewards after being hit with a drive-through penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Felipe Massa. He was hit with a 20-second penalty post race for being involved in an incident that ended Pastor Maldonado's race four laps from the end.

It's not the first time this season that Hamilton has found himself in trouble.

On Saturday he was slapped with a grid-slot penalty for jumping a chicane during qualifying while in Spain last weekend he was reprimanded for not slowing down under yellow flags.

The latest incidents clearly hit a nerve and the McLaren driver hit out during a post-race interview on the BBC.

"Out of six races I've been to the stewards five times. It's a joke. It's an absolute fricking joke," he said.

"You know you can't overtake here. Very, very rarely do you get an opportunity.

"I was quite a lot quicker than Massa, I went up the inside and the guy just turned so early and just turned into me so I tried to go onto the kerb to avoid him, and we're stuck together.

"So it was just... and of course I get a penalty which is usual. He held me up in qualifying and I got the penalty. He turned into me, and I got the penalty.

"And I went up the inside of Maldonado and you can see on the screen he turned in a good car length too early to stop me from overtaking him and crashed into me. This stuff's ridiculous. These drivers are absolutely fricking ridiculous, it's stupid."

When asked why he has received so many penalties he joked: "Maybe it's because I'm black - that's what Ali G says! I don't know."

He also insisted that the incidents won't affect his driving and vowed to keep his "mouth shut" for the rest of the season.

"No, it's not affecting my confidence as a driver," he said.

"I just think the sport is... you know, people want to see my racing, they want to see overtaking, and you get done for trying to overtake, trying to put on a show. I'm trying to make a move.

"Fair play if I really feel I've just gone too late and hit someone, I put my hand up and realise, OK, I really have caused an incident and been the stupid one, but it's not the case.

"I'll just try to keep my mouth shut and enjoy the rest of the season which, I'm sure, is going to be an interesting one, but as you can see he's walking away with it."

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