FIA explains ‘singling out’ of Lewis Hamilton over “role model status”

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After getting blasted for their explanation on why they decided to launch a review of Lewis Hamilton’s Qatar Grand Prix infringement, the FIA clarifies why they referred to his “role model status”.

After colliding with George Russell on Lap 1 of the Qatar Grand Prix, and ending up in the gravel trap, Lewis Hamilton crossed the circuit to make his way back to the pits.

Crossing the track while race is going on is a breach of the regulations, so after the race Lewis was fined 50,000 euros, of which 25,000 was suspended until the end of the season.

However, the FIA has now decided to launch a review into the situation and the subsequent punishment, as they believe it was more serious than previously thought.

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Certain F1 journalists, fans, observers, and even some F1 personalities, have since blasted the FIA for singling out Lewis, especially for saying that “in view of [Lewis’] role model status, the FIA is concerned about the impression his actions may have created on younger drivers”. reports that they have reached out to the FIA and asked them to clarify why they singled Lewis out as a “role model”.

The governing organization reportedly explained that it was done “due to his status as a racer in motorsport’s top category, meaning any F1 driver will have the duty to set an example for younger drivers”.

So, this basically means that any F1 driver would be more heavily scrutinised because they are all considered “role models” for drivers in junior categories.

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