Updated: 05/07/2012 19:22 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton: Maldonado clash a 'blip'



Lewis Hamilton is focusing on next weekend's British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is focusing on next weekend's British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed his latest unsavoury accident with Pastor Maldonado as "a blip in what can be a great year".

For the third time in the past 13 months, Hamilton and Maldonado were involved in an incident, with the McLaren star shunted into a wall by the Venezuelan in his Williams on the penultimate lap of Sunday's European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Looking ahead to next weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Hamilton said: "I'm not going to reflect on it, I'm just going to move forward. It's in the past, it doesn't really matter now. Sometimes you have to accept when things don't go your way in racing."

He added: "Obviously it was frustrating to lose out so close to the finish. It wasn't good.

"I definitely didn't get out of the car smiling, but these things happen, this is what motor racing is about, it's what competition is about. You go through these kinds of experiences.

"As far as I'm concerned I'm still in the battle for the title, and there's still a long, long way to go.

"I've been massively consistent all the way up to this point, and in terms of my preparation and my approach I will continue to do the same.

"It's not as if I drove into the wall on my own. I didn't make a mistake on my own. So I will just continue to do what I'm doing, try and stay out of trouble more.

"It doesn't really alter the way I go racing because I race to win, and that's what I'll be doing, especially at my home grand prix.

"And we can still compete for the championship. I feel what happened is just a blip in what can be a great year."

87Comments
29/06/2012 17:41
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Never understood while people hate Hamilton, they say he's arrogant and spoiled but he always comes across as quite humble and down to earth to me. His driving might be aggressive but he doesnt intentionally ram into people.
29/06/2012 17:42
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Good on you Lewis i hope you do well at sliver stone and win the title.

29/06/2012 19:23
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some drivers are not going to give lewis the same space they allow to other drivers,if lewis was passing one of the top drivers this would not happen. there are drivers who are just out to reck lewis race weather its envy or some form of racism,this has continued from last season. who ever lewis has been seeing or talking to its working because he he is just dealing with it and moving on,fantastic. good luck lewis just keep on going.
29/06/2012 20:39
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Lewis, just do what you do best drive like a true very fast champion who is so precise in all you carry out in the race car, your ability is second to none you drive like the wind and you feel the car.

good luck for the rest of the year, Phil Harness.

30/06/2012 06:35
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If Lewis had done that to Maldonado, he would have been put at the back of the grid for the next race!
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I bet Hamilton is totally livid really, and Maldonano should have had points deducted for that obvious shunt I bet he was chuckling to himself all the way round the track.
30/06/2012 00:42
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Lewis should have punched Maldonado's feckin lights out. Maldonardo is dangerous and should be banned. Simples.

By the way I am no fan of Lewis but right is right, maldonado definitely drove into Lewis deliberately.

30/06/2012 02:51
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He There

 

Maldonado is a dangerous driver and should not be in F1. There have been numerous incidents with this man such as forcing drivers off the track, using his car as a ram as a way of getting his own back. The stewards are doing other drivers no favours by ignoring what is happening. Are they going to wait until he ends up ending someone's career or kills another driver?

 

Get rid he is a danger.

 

God Bless England

30/06/2012 16:54
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Like this comment if you agree Maldonado should go back to Karting!!!
30/06/2012 10:24
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What is the matter with the people that have posted on this site? Their English is appalling.............almost as bad as Maldonado's ability to avoid the McLaren!! If you are intent upon passing comments on a public site, then have the decency to spell correctly and avoid humiliation.

30/06/2012 14:59
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Someone. 

Hamilton was on the track at the time of the incident, Maldonaldo wasnt.  Therefore Maldonaldo has to give way.  If he went in front of Lewis he would of been penalised as making up a position, therefore the OBVIOUS choice was for him to sneak in behind Lewis. Maybe you should check the rules of F1

30/06/2012 05:06
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good luck Lewis, YOU can do it....it wasnt fair hope the stewards saw that......  Nikki
30/06/2012 07:12
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Who's PAYROLL is Maldonado really on? He's stopped Lewis THREE times this year!!
29/06/2012 19:49
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do you know what, i think pit crews can be bought, just look at the history of the team. its funny that just at the crutial moment they fcuk it up for a driver that gives his all and keeps his end of the deal. then, all of a sudden some clown pulls a stunt. what a knob. That speaks volumes, he is a real threat to the other teams, why else whould some one drop a bollock to scrwe it up for a ace driver, someone who has real potential to win and drop the other looseres by the wayside!!! give it up for a real winner!!!!
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What happens on the track is the last of Hamilton's problems. His problems are a lot closser to home. The PITS are the PITS.
29/06/2012 17:08
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I suspect that Mr. Maldonado will say something similar though with, perhaps, a little less grace; as is his wont.
29/06/2012 17:31
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Good for you Lewis, that is the right attitude, but get rid of that seat cover that is only there for the publicity.  She is doing you no favours at all.  Best of luck in the championship.
02/07/2012 23:39
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Its p*ssing me off people people keep saying, 'oh lewis should of let the faster car go'.. he was on the penultimate lap fighting for podium!! As Ayrton said, 'if you no longer go for a gap, you are no longer racing driver', in the same way if you don't defend a podium finish on the last lap when you know you have the talent and ability you are no longer a creditable racing driver. Maldonardo knew he would cause a collision ramming lewis off-track like that, and its not the first time (eg Perez at monaco) there should be harsher punishments for this amateur driver! Better luck in the next race lewis, hope the pit crew have been practising!!
02/07/2012 09:33
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Maldonado should start from the back off the grid, if hamilton took maldonado out the same way he would get punished severely like he always does.
i love what hamilton brings to the race track and for me maldonaldo brings nothing, not the first time he has used his car as a weapon, the stewards need to wake the fcuk up ! and not bring my beloved F1 any further down the toilet.
just because maldonaldo brings in extra sponsors aswell as buying his seat in F1, he doesnt deserve any special treatment which he obviously seems to be getting.


01/07/2012 16:22
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Dispite Maldonado crashing Into Lewis or anyone else for that matter, He "Lewis"  must have been livid. It's seems to me that  McLaren are not letting him speak his on mind because It's been more than a few occations that It's not only other drivers that let him down but also McLaren themselves. Running over wheel guns, slow on tyre changes, and then the dredded jack man.

 

I feel your pain Lewis.

 

 

 

 

 

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