April 3, 2009

An extraordinary statement...

Mclaren suspended their Sporting Director Dave Ryan, at the team since 1974, for his role in the Australian GP post race affair. Today Lewis Hamilton tried to take responsibility for his false statement to the stewards and proclaim his innocence.

"I'd like to say sorry to all my fans who have believed in me and supported me for years. I am not a liar. I am not a dishonest person. I am a team player. Every time I have had to do something I have done it. This time it was a huge mistake. I am learning from it. It has had a huge toll for me. It was a lot to deal with. I was in the wrong and I feel I owe it to my fans to let them know that. Like I said I was misled.

“We went straight there and while we were waiting I was instructed what to do. I did not have time to think about what I was going to do. I felt awkward and very uncomfortable and I think the stewards could see that. I am not a liar.”

Hamilton claims he was forced to make a false statement to the stewards by Ryan. Or is Ryan falling on the sword for Lewis? Your thoughts?


  1. Lewis wanted to overtake Trulli after he let him passed again and the team had to calm him down with the words "lets do this by the book Lewis" as could be heard on the radio. Since they didn't hear from the fia, after the race Lewis still wanted his 3rd place. I think the team is taking the blame for their over-eager driver and I do not believe a word he says.

  2. So now the guy who lied, is blaming someone else for telling him to lie, and we should all believe him. The McLaren team appears to be very short on integrity, and it's very disappointing to see F1 get dragged through the mud again.

  3. lewis would've been better off keeping 3rd after trulli went off and letting the stewards sort it out afterwards. mclaren's indecision was borne out of a strong desire to avoid a penalty, but they overcomplicated the situation. lewis should've stood up to ryan when he asked lewis to follow his lead. sad.

  4. Sadly enough this WHOLE situation could have been avoided if the FIA would have given the McLaren and/or Toyota team an answer when they wanted it in a timely matter as evidenced by the radio transmissions. The ROOT of the problem was the lack of an answer by the FIA in a timely matter that allowed all parties to make snap judgements on their own - for good or bad.

  5. Team player? Remember that Hamilton ignored team instructions to let Alonso pass at the start of the final qualifying session back in 2007. The BS that comes out of this dude's mouth do not match his actions.


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