Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think he was “singled out” by the FIA

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Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think he was singled out by the FIA when they announced a review of his Qatar Grand Prix infringement, but “they probably need to speak to their PR agent to do a better job”.

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.

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”.

When asked about the review ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Lewis said he completely understands why the FIA is doing it.

“Well, I mean, they have spoken to me and their actual point is, and I think it’s important, it was just really, when I sat in the meeting, or in the stewards’ office, obviously I put my hands up,” the Briton said.

“In the heat of the moment, it was the wrong decision. And what’s important is to send the right message, particularly for the younger drivers, throughout the ages, that that’s not the thing to do.

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“And I apologised at the time. And I think they’re just looking at how to make sure that doesn’t happen moving forwards.”

When asked directly if he thinks he was singled out, Lewis said:

“No, I don’t think I was singled out. I think, ultimately, it was just poor communication. I don’t think what they had said is exactly what they meant.

“I think what they mean is that they’re just going to look into how they can tackle those sorts of things moving forwards to make sure that it doesn’t happen.

“And I mean, if you look at it, I think there was a karting incident recently where a kid was hit. So we really need to make sure that we’re continuously focusing on safety.

“And I think that’s really at the core, at the root of it, but I just think they probably need to speak to their PR agent to do a better job,” Hamilton concluded.

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