Lewis Hamilton ApologisesApril 3rd, 2009
As most Formula 1 fans are probably aware of what happened after the Melbourne race this matter will (hopefully) be resolved and taken off the table and F1 can continue as normal again (if there is such a thing).
Lewis made a mistake. This is now a fact as admitted by Lewis in the video below. Unfortunately this is being used (and abused) by the media calling Lewis a “liar” publicly on front pages (even before Lewis admitted this and laid out the facts). This is simply not acceptable and is outrageous. Especially for a relatively minor incident Lewis is being portrayed to be a nasty person who lies often.
This is simply not the case. Anybody can see this if they’re watching.
All this negative press is not good for Hamilton’s image, especially for all the young and aspiring racing drivers and fans. It seems the media is being overly harsh against Lewis and frankly – the punishment does not fit the crime, it exceeds it by miles!
The whole situation simply does not seem fair on Lewis. I don’t know of a single Formula 1 driver who hasn’t made a mistake before, but I know fewer how are man enough to admit it.
Regarding Jarno Trulli: I can understand that he was upset as he temporarily lost his third place – as anybody racer would be.
Ok, enough of the chatter, let see and listen to the man himself has to say…
Lewis Hamilton Apology Video:
Lewis Hamilton Apology Transcript:
As soon as I got out of the car I did the TV interviews at the back of the garage and straight away I gave a good account of what happened during the race,
Straight after that we were requested by the stewards, and whilst waiting for the stewards I was instructed – and misled – by my team manager to withhold information, and that’s what I did.
I sincerely apologise to the stewards for wasting their time and for making them look silly.
I’m very, very sorry for the situation – for my team, for Dave, who’s been a good member of the team for many years and whilst I don’t think it was his intention…he’s a good guy.
When I went into the meeting I had no intention of… I just wanted to tell the story, say what happened.
I was misled and that’s the way it went.
I would like to say a big sorry to all my fans who have believed in me and supported for me for years.
What I’ve been for the last three years is who I am.
I’m not a liar. I’m not a dishonest person.
I’m a team player, and every time I’ve been informed to do something, I’ve done it.
This time I’ve realised that it was a huge mistake, and I’m learning from it.
It’s taken a huge toll on me.
So I’m here to apologise to everyone and assure you it won’t happen again.
I’ve never felt so bad.
Try to put yourself in my position and understand… Like I said, I’m not a liar, I’ve not gone through my life being a liar or dishonest.
So for people to have said I’m dishonest and for the world to think that… what can I say?
This situation is definitely the worst thing I’ve experienced in my life and that’s why I’m here: because it’s right for me as a human being and as a man to stand in front of you all and tell you exactly what went on, to put my hands up and say I can’t tell you how sorry I am.
I’m sorry to my team, to my family for the embarrassment; it is a very, very embarrassing situation.
Bernie Ecclestone’s Comments
Hamilton’s been punished, I think that’s the end of it now. I don’t see any reason to add to the problem.
It wasn’t a deliberate fault, it was just a total mix-up and poor Lewis got the blame for it.
Alright – I think there was enough negative press around Lewis Hamilton and McLaren over the last few days. I’m looking forward the the Malysian Grand Prix and an awesomely exciting and spectacular 2009 Formula 1 season. Thus far there has only been one race!