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Apology for outburst, not driving

india Updated: Oct 14, 2011 17:09 IST
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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has apologised to angry fans and Formula One rivals Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado for comments he made after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Briton had blasted race stewards after collecting two drive-through penalties, one imposed after the race, for collisions with Massa of Ferrari and Williams' Venezuelan rookie.

"Massa held me up in qualifying, I got the penalty," he fumed afterwards. "He turned in to me (during the race), I got the penalty. These drivers are ridiculous. It's stupid."

Hamilton made peace with the stewards after the race and then made a separate apology to Massa and Maldonado on his Twitter page.

The 2008 world champion added a further explanation to his behaviour in a meeting with British reporters after he had been to see the stewards in Monaco, and said he had no plans to change his style of driving.

"That's what got me here, it is the way I am. I don't do it to offend people or to hurt anyone. I do it because I love racing, and I feel like I can do it better than others," he declared.

Hamilton revealed was asked to retire from the race when his car suffered a damaged wing in a multi-car crash that led to the grand prix being stopped and then re-started.