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Whiting scolds Hamilton for missing key meetings

  • Published on 18 Mar 2016 13:51
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Charlie Whiting has scolded world champion Lewis Hamilton for failing to attend key meetings. It has been a tumultuous start to the season for the Mercedes driver, after his social media activities in New Zealand even caught the attention of local police.

F1 stalwart Sir Jackie Stewart thinks Hamilton should apologise for the motorcycling 'selfie'. "Unfortunately, I think you do have to apologise," the Scot is quoted by the Telegraph. "In some respects you have to live by example. It is a very intoxicating lifestyle to be a world champion racing driver. I think he will get over it, but I guess it is called maturity," the 76-year-old said in Melbourne.

Hamilton was even criticised on Friday by Charlie Whiting, the F1 race director. It follows the 31-year-old Briton's outspoken complaints about the latest rule changes, insisting that the drivers should be consulted about their opinions by the FIA.

Whiting hit back at Hamilton by revealing the triple world champion rarely attends meetings. "I can't see how we could give them (the drivers) more of a say. We have sporting and technical meetings to which a driver is always invited," he said. "We had a meeting in Barcelona. Lewis was invited but he didn't come. I'm just pointing out how many opportunities they do have. You can draw your own conclusions," Whiting added. (GMM)

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  • Can the pop diva attitude be anymore obvious?

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    • Mar 18 2016 - 14:41
  • Someone seriously need to puncture that overconfidence... Anyone got a needle? I think Nico or Seb might need one. ;)

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    • Mar 18 2016 - 16:27
  • ianf1

    Posts: 185

    Don't think Hamilton is going to retain his title this year. The off track antics and the lack of radio coaching will take their toll. I also think other drivers want the title more than him this year. Still, a different winner this year would be good for F1.

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    • Mar 18 2016 - 17:41
    • The way I see it, it isn't about hunger. Pop diva just won two title on trot in a rocket ship that even gets a podium when there are components having terminal failures in the race. With such a car any dozen F1 drivers can win in it. Take that away and Mr pop dive is nothing special.

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      • Mar 19 2016 - 02:33
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    Charlie doesn't speak up like this often so he is really making a point.

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    • Mar 18 2016 - 18:47

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