Lewis Hamilton may be best known for his racing, but in the wake of a controversial performance at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, it was another race card he played altogether.

The young Brit was called in to speak with the race stewards regarding an incident with Williams rookie Pastor Maldonado. Towards the end of the grand prix, Hamilton collided with Maldonado and the latter was taken out of the race. The stewards deemed Hamilton at fault and handed him a 20-second time penalty (the post-race equivalent to a drive-through), though with Adrian Sutil finishing far behind him a lap down, the penalty affects neither Hamilton's sixth-place finish nor his position in the championship standings.

Speaking with the BBC after the stewards' decision, the McLaren driver jokingly channeled Sacha Baron Cohen's character Ali G and mused that the stewards were picking on him because he's black. Realizing the joke could be misconstrued and taken seriously, Hamilton doubled back and apologized to the stewards for his remarks.

The Maldonado incident was one of several that marred Hamilton's performance this weekend. After being docked several positions on the starting grid due to an illegal qualifying maneuver, Hamilton started in ninth place. Around halfway through the race, he tried to overtake longtime rival, Felipe Massa, but ended up colliding with the Ferrari that crashed out mere seconds later. The stewards had faulted a frustrated Hamilton for that incident as well and handed him a mid-race drive-through penalty.


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      TexRob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree that both passes were legit, BUT I will concede that the Massa pass, while by racing rules (half up on the car or greater + inside line = position), it is not a place where two cars can really exist in the turn because of how tight it is, and the sheer length of the cars. I think the Maldonado pass was totally legit though. In the end, I blame the rules, not in the race, but in qualifying. These same rules screwed Heidfeld I think it was, a few races ago. Q1, 2, 3 is the most ingenius thing the FIA has instituted in the past 20 years to F1. Remember the days of Ferrari, and others, drafting teammates to get better qualifying times? It was a mess. The current format is exciting, and works perfectly...as long as their are no flags. They need to make some conessions for when flags are thrown though. 10 minutes in the final session means there is almost no time if a full course yellow or red flag occurs. I don't know the exact answer, but I am thinking that if there are 5 minutes left in any session, or at least the last session, they add 5 minutes to it, OR allow them to be on course 5 minutes prior to the session going green again. That way they can be ready to go, tires warm. Hamilton did not perform an "illegal maneuver" in qualifying. He overshot a turn on cold tires, and thus his lap was correctly invalidated. He lost all the heat in his tires from the tire warmers because of waiting at the end of pit row. Basically the final qualifying session became 7 minutes or less as a result, because nobody put in a better lap due to cold tires in the final run.
        TexRob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TexRob
        Oh, the whole point of that second paragraph was that I blame qualifying rules for putting Lewis into a bad situation, of qualifying grossly out of place. He was set to qualify 1 or 2 easily if you go by previous practice and qualifying sessions.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the world coming to? Does no one have a sense of humor anymore? It makes me sick how PC everything has become, you can't do ANYTHING without offending someone now. Hamilton, you kick ass and keep on going on with your bad self. Your Schumacher pass was incredible as well.
        Faisal Iqbal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Well his Schmacher pass was just as incredible as........ Shumi passing him, earlier in the race.
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          @Faisal Iqbal
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      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Massa's main job at Ferrari is to block the hell out of other drivers and let Alonso pass. His career is at it's last stages and Ferrari made it pretty clear that there looking for a replacement. I don't see any championships in his future at all.
        Gio Gio
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        I don't see the point: in your opinion since Massa is not one of the greatest drivers ever, any thug can crash him on purpose? Massa has had a difficult career, always overshadowed by star codrives, and he has suffered one of the most horryfing accidents in recent F1 history. He's a good guy, a great driver, and a costant perfomer. You know what? I think that the real delusion is Hamilton, who won his sole championship in a fraud-car, built according to rules written by Mclaren itself, cosseted by FIA, spying on the work of other teams, desrespecting every rule in the sport. After that exploit, he really has done nothing brilliant, apart from some gung-ho stunts (rear-ending Raikkonen in the pits was the highight of his career so far)
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ham looked like a drunk driver all weekend, a pissed off drunk driver. I hope he calms the heck down for the next race, I think he is just pissed his season is turning into crap.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        The thing is, he could have a shot. And he's part of the reason this is the most interesting/exciting season in a LONG time. But he needs to chill out and be the calm, collected silent assassin, not a hothead making bad moves on the track and unwise remarks to the press.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hamilton may have been joking (in his mind) when he made those comments. But listen to the interview. He is trying to come up with some reason as to why he's been with the stewards over racing incidents 5 times in 6 races and he makes it pretty clear the idea that it has anything to do with his own actions isn't a real possibility. So he makes a weak joke about who should be blamed for the problem. The joke was in poor taste, but the real problem here is that Hamilton doesn't see himself at fault. And as long as he feels that way, you won't see any changes in his driving and he'll likely be in more wrecks and facing more stewards.
        JK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Spot on. Same as him claiming over the radio that Massa turned into him at the hairpin. Hamilton is arrogant to the point of delusion.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        He needs a manager/sports therapist to get inside his head and bring him back to earth...
      Demos Philippou
      • 3 Years Ago
      Caution: Rant Ahead. Hey, at least Hamilton speaks his mind when he wants to unlike all the other drivers that 1. are afraid of doing so or 2. don't care about letting people know that they are human or 3. don't care about their fans. I agree that his remark could be misinterpreted if a person didn't see the moment and only read about it.... BUT FFS people should relax, small gems like this are fun and spice up a race better than FIA imposing penalties after a race has been finished and (potentially) altering results. There are more important issues in many other areas of F1 that need dealing with and should be put to the spotlight. F1 always had human drivers in it with vices and whatnot. Can't accept that, go play some GT5 or Forza and let the world be.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHY not Black flag? the penalty was too soft
        Demos Philippou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        oh come on, massa was slow+nobody cares about massa anymore + monaco is difficult for passing+hamilton's more important and widely accepted as better than massa------> you must be a ferrari fan.
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I firmly believe he's trying to conjure Senna one drive at a time. I'm not mad that he wrecked, or was fully committed to the racing line. I didn't like that he acted as though he had more of a right to the racing line, simply because he was on the track.
        WatchF1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WatchF1
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6rvBiYBL-w&t=0m58s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNmqn3heGgE&6m30s If you watched those two videos, or recall the comments, think about them and contrast that to Hamilton's race at Monaco. That's all I'm trying to say. The guy is a massive fan of Senna. He showed some bad behavior, but it wasn't worth anything more than a drive-through. Noone's life was in danger.
          The Law
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WatchF1
          Only Hamilton and some times Alonso can win races and put the pressure on Vettel in a inferior car. No one really thinks Vettel is as good as Hamilton/Alonso. If you look at the 2009 season win Vettel and Button's cars were on the same pace Button was crown world champion one race before the season ending. 2010 Fernando Alonso lost the WDC because of a bad strategy in a inferior car. It amazes me that Hamilton can still put the pressure on Vettel in a slower car. That's why I think he is the best driver in F1 and Stefano Domenicali and Christian Horner wouldn't disagree.
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
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      m5nm3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looked like Hamilton had the line and was a legitimate pass.. Hamilton's car was in more than half a length of Massas.
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be willing to bet that in the moment of frustration he let out some of his true feelings. True bad choice
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