Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children (SHORT VERSION)
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Hamilton has called for “respect” during race weekends this week after Verstappen gave the Briton an unsavoury gesture at US Grand Prix last week. The Dutchman also called Hamilton a “stupid idiot” after the two remarkably went side by side in a practice session in Austin. During Thursday’s FIA press conference, Hamilton said: “I’ve been here for a long time, it’s not my first rodeo. “I think at the core of everything, there has to be respect.
“When I think about, and I hear the things that come out of drivers’ mouths, I do think there are kids watching us, and they’re looking to us for inspiration and for guidance.
“There have been a lot of things that have been said, which is definitely not good for young kids that are watching.
“For me, I’m just trying to remain positive and keep calm, and again, just be respectful to the drivers that I am fighting.
“If I have a name in my head of what I think they are, I don’t share that. But it’s pretty easy for me. You laugh it off, and you move forwards.”
Hamilton may be calling for calm, but last year in Russia, the seven time world champion lost his cool in a rare tirade.
He hit out at the FIA ‒ F1’s governing body, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile ‒ after being penalised by the stewards for performing two illegal practice starts in Sochi.
Hamilton slammed the decision as “bull****” and added: “I’m pretty sure no one has ever got two five-second penalties for something so ridiculous before.
“I didn’t put anyone in danger, I’ve done this at a million tracks over the years and never been questioned. But it is to be expected. They are trying to stop me.
“Whenever a team is at the front, you face scrutiny. Everything on our car is checked, double-checked, triple-checked.
“They are also changing rules such as the engine modes [believed to have favoured Mercedes in qualifying], so there are lots of things they are putting in the way to keep the racing exciting. It feels like we are fighting uphill.”
Hamilton was chasing Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins at the time, and could have equalled the German’s tally if it were not for the penalty.
The Mercedes driver asked his engineer, Pete Bonnington, at the time: “Can I go out further [of the pits] or not?”
Bonnington responded: “Affirm”.
Hamilton then said: “To the end of the pit wall?”, to which his engineer replied: “Yes, copy.”
The Briton added after the penalty was issued: “That is bull****. Where is that in the rulebook?”
Hamilton not only went on to surpass Schumacher’s race wins, but he also reached an historic milestone at the Russian Grand Prix this year.
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In a chaotic race, Lando Norris McLaren led until just four laps from the chequered flag, when the rain descended on the circuit.
Norris opted to stay out while Hamilton pitted for intermediate tyres, a move that would prove a masterstroke.
Hamilton went on to claim his 100th win, branding it a “magical moment”.
He said after the race: “It’s taken a long time, obviously, to get to 100 and I wasn’t even sure whether it would come.
“It is a magical moment. I could only have dreamed of still being here, to have this opportunity to win these races and to drive with such phenomenal talents this late on in my career.
“I am so proud of everything we have done. This is a special moment for everyone that has been part of it. I feel incredibly grateful for the support I have had.”
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