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Hamilton hits out at stewards

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02/05/2016

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at race stewards after being handed his second reprimand of the season.

The reprimand, handed to the Briton after he ran wide in qualifying and failed to follow the procedure instigated the previous night, was another episode in a difficult weekend for the world champion which saw him start the race from the fifth row after his second mystery engine issue in as many races.

Having been awarded a reprimand in Bahrain, when he was deemed to have reversed in the pitlane during qualifying, a third would mean an automatic ten-place grid penalty.

The Briton is not amused.

"I am aware that there is most likely going to be at least one 10 place penalty in the future because I have got one more reprimand to go," he told reporters.

"When I was in karting there was one steward, he was there just to make everyone's weekend a bad weekend," her continued. "Families would turn up and spend so much money to be there... and he was just there to ruin people's weekends. I've started to see signs of him."

Asked which reprimand particularly annoyed him, he replied: "Both of them!"

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1. Posted by Dilusi, 09/05/2016 14:10

"You know the regulations when you sign up to race; stick to them, however idiotic you may consider them to be, and you won't get penalised. Quite simple, really. "

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2. Posted by The stogie, 06/05/2016 4:36

"Why is it that 'the stewards' seem to always be able to screw up perfectly good races and racing?"

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3. Posted by F One, 03/05/2016 19:02

"If you don't break the rules Hamilton then you won't get reprimanded! It's not difficult you arrogant fool!"

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4. Posted by Darvi, 03/05/2016 11:37

"These were both a joke. It would have been dangerous for him to veer left and inside the bollard and, as already mentioned, in the Bahrain incident he was following orders from the Stewards. "

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5. Posted by JackTheCat, 03/05/2016 8:12

"I usually side with the stewards on these things but they have made some overly assertive decisions this year already and not just with Hamilton. Even Hamilton didn't think Bottas should have been penalised for the first lap 'racing incident' in Bahrain.

As for his two indiscretions the bollard incident at Sochi is clear cut, it's a rule and he broke it despite how dumb the rule might be, but the reversing in the pitlane after a steward instructed him to do so is clearly a stupid and incorrectly applied reprimand regardless of whether you like him or not! "

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6. Posted by Stitch431, 03/05/2016 7:42

"Sorry, no pity here, although I like his driving! But Lewis now whines about the same rules, he often uses himself to get other drivers punished by whining over his onboard, and now he whines when he is punished himself. Sorry Lewis, take it like a man and do your talking on track please."

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7. Posted by bfairey, 03/05/2016 6:34

"I repeat for the umpteen time "mickey mouse rules"
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