Hamilton withdraws 'disrespectful move' comment about Sirotkin

Published on 11 Nov 2018 14:13

Lewis Hamilton says that he was wrong to call Sergey SIrotkin's actions in Brazil on Saturday "disrespectful". The Briton came under fire after he and Sirotkin were almost involved in a collision during qualifying at Interlagos.

The pair were on out-laps and approaching the final corner, however they were doing so at much different speeds. Hamilton, who was ahead of Sirotkin, pulled to the left to try and give the fast appraoching Russian the racing line into the last turn.

Sirotkin also pulled to the left in a misunderstanding, but contact was avoided. Speaking after the session, Hamilton said that it was a disrespectful move by the Williams driver, but he has now retracted his comment after an overnight reflection.

“I woke this morning feeling I should correct some of the words I used yesterday,” Hamilton posted on social media. I was wrong it wasn’t a disrespectful move by Sergey, it was a misunderstanding and I honestly attempted to get out of his way. Didn’t work that well but shit happens and I respect the way he handled it.”

Sirotkin dismissed the incident on Saturday and insisted that he didn't have an issue with Hamilton pulling to the left. However, he disagreed that what he did was disrespectful.

“I think if you look generally what I am doing at the track there are not many other drivers who pay so much respect, especially to the leading cars, which I know are fighting for the title,” the Russian said on Saturday. “So I completely disagree, there’s not many people here who respect him as much as I do.”

Replies (5)
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Kudos for both drivers here. How refreshing.
NL sadosalo 11 Nov 2018 16:10+1
Posts: 183
Hamilton is not only wrong, this was a serious dangerous lapse of attention to the situation with Sirotkin and with Kimi. GB officials do nothing as usual if it comes to him.
C'mon Lewis has a narcissist behavior, in the best car his whole career but underplaying his cars for 10 years to make himself sound better by beating the best cars on the grid year in year out, in his miserable McClaren and now Mercedes LOL.
Posts: 183
b.s. Hamilton was wrong also with Kimi. Dangerous and no attention given to the sutuation but himself. And no call from the stewards, after all different rules for Lewis with his poorly staged clear glasses, the man is so fake every week another gadget.
Posts: 8
Still should have been hauled in front of the stewards, all very well saying you was wrong online , bet he doesn't walk down to williams and to kimi to say sorry
Posts: 946
Sirotkin was not at fault here at all, Hamilton's attitude only changed after he knew that he didn't get an penalty. No kudos to Hamilton, extra kudos to Sirotkin.

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