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27 March 2010 :: 17:03:26 pm 16794

Lewis Hamilton Sits 11th Following Run-in with Aussie Cops

The CEO of McLaren racing has come out in support of former Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s poor qualifying result, explaining that Friday’s incident involving Hamilton and Aussie police officers “distracted” his mans race preparation.
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Formula 1, the 27th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Hamilton was stopped by Aussie police on Friday night following an incident where he was seen to drive recklessly, loosing traction and creating plumes of smoke with his silver Mercedes C63 sports car. The Brit was leaving Melbourne’s Albert Park race track following Fridays practice session at the time of the incident.

The former champion and youngest ever winner of the Formula 1 championship title was spoken to by Australian police and his car was confiscated for 48hrs, as yet no formal charges have been laid. Hamilton is expected to be charged within the next couple of days for “improper use of a motor vehicle.”

The former champion has since played down the incident, stating that the altercation had not and will not effect his performance in Sundays Australian Grand Prix, although he since qualified a disappointing 11th for the start of the race. McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh however, stated; “He was a bit distracted after what happened. Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes a less good day.”

Following Saturday’s poor showing at qualifying, Hamilton has insisted that the result was down to factors other than Friday’s high profile misdemeanour. “It’s something you learn from – it’s not really affected (today’s performance). I feel I got everything out of the car, I didn’t have any more grip from the tyres, I don’t know if I got the right heat into them. At least Jenson (Button)’s doing a good job.”

Jenson Button, reigning world champion and Hamilton’s teammate qualified third behind Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel and Aussie Mark Webber. Button stated in regards to his performance; “I’m happy with my performance over the weekend – I’m more comfortable than I was in Bahrain, there are still a few things I’m finding a bit different but we’re working on that, and the team are working very quickly. I couldn’t have been further up the grid with what I had; I pretty much got the best out of the package we’ve got at the moment.”

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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