Hamilton wary of racing rap for road offences



Hamilton wary of racing rap for road offences Monza: Formula One super-heroes should not be punished on the racetrack if they sometimes behave like mere mortals on public roads, according to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One's governing body announced this week that drivers must act as ambassadors for the sport and those who committed serious road traffic offences could receive warnings or be stripped of their racing licences.

Hamilton, who was fined USD 500 (323.60 pounds) Australian this year for reckless driving on a Melbourne street during the Australian Grand Prix in March, said he had learned from his own mistakes but was wary of the proposed amendment to the FIA's international sporting code.

"My personal view I would probably keep to myself. It will be safer that way," the 2008 world champion and current championship leader told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

"Young kids look up to us in a sense that they think we are superheroes almost, but even Superman had weaknesses," added the Briton.

"I contribute as much as I can to road safety, and more and more drivers are doing that, which is right. But what we do in our private life is our private life, and we are human at the end of the day.”

"The FIA, or whoever is making the rules, will also be making mistakes. I'm sure (FIA president) Jean Todt has had a speeding ticket (in his life)," added the 25-year-old.

"We're all making mistakes and learning in our lives. For some people to take a much bigger penalty for one of those mistakes than others...it should be fair, equal to everyone."

Bureau Report