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Todt forgives Hamilton for outburst

ESPNF1 Staff
June 9, 2011 « Lowe not convinced by double DRS zone | »
Lewis Hamilton apologised for his outburst on the same day © Sutton Images

FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will face no sanctions for his outburst after the Monaco Grand Prix.

After tangling with Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado during the race, Hamilton labeled the stewards' decision to penalise him as "frickin' ridiculous". He then caused a media storm by referencing the comedian Ali G in a joke about why the stewards kept picking on him.

Hamilton apologised to the stewards and the FIA soon after and went on to apologise to Maldonado and Massa. Todt said it was not worth taking any further action.

"I am trying to maintain a good harmony amongst everybody," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I have tried to avoid controversy. I could have leaked the letter but it's between him and the FIA.

"My office was next to the stewards. Every time I went to see them I avoided making any comment. For me what Lewis said was unacceptable but I didn't want to overreact. I could have asked our judicial court to address the problem but we never officially opened the case. He went to the stewards to apologise. He went with his father.

"Maybe it would have been better to put him in the court; to ban him for six grands prix. But he wrote to me and I wrote to him and the thing is over."

Hamilton will face the media for the first time since the incident on Thursday in the FIA press conference, alongside Maldonado.