Lewis Hamilton in Monaco Grand Prix steward controversy
Despite looking to have began to finally get his 2011 season properly underway following his last race, it appears that Lewis Hamilton has suffered another setback after a row with the stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix...
The McLaren driver launched a verbal attacked on the stewards; Hamilton believed he was on the receiving end of some unfair treatment from the race stewards, after he was penalised twice during the latest race. The young British driver could only manage a sixth place finish, dealing him a massive blow to his prospects of claiming the 2011 drivers' championship.
"It's an absolute frickin' joke," said Hamilton when asked about his thoughts over the events of the latest race. "I've been to see the stewards five times out of six this season."
"Maybe it's because I'm black. That's what Ali G says." added the young McLaren driver.
Hamilton picked up a drive through penalty following a collision with Felipe Massa; he was then penalised by 20 seconds after a late brush with Williams driver Pastor Maldanado, although this did not affect his overall finishing position.
Hamilton's comments sparked upset among some racing fans and critics, leading to him returning to the stewards later to elaborate on his earlier words – the result of this means that the McLaren driver will not be charge with disrepute.
"They said at the end that they would make sure other people in the FIA understand," explained the 2008 world champion.
"They said that for anybody who has heard it and misunderstood, that they'll clarify it with them and it won't go any further than the meeting room.
"But what I said was a bit of a joke, which wasn't funny at the time. “
After Sebastian Vettel's latest victory putting him far in the lead of the drivers' championship, ExtraBet, Unibet and BetDAQ offer 13/2, 41/5 and 17/2 odds respectively that Lewis Hamilton will be able to win the 2011 drivers' championship.