Lewis Hamilton has issued a sincere apology for his part in the Australian Grand Prix stewards' inquiry saga but insisted he was misled by his sporting director Dave Ryan when giving evidence in the aftermath of the race. "I am not a liar," he said. "I'm not a dishonest person. I'm a team player and every time I've been informed to do something, I've done it."
Hamilton was excluded from the classification for last weekend's race after it was determined that he and Ryan had deliberately misled stewards in their investigation into an incident in the race.
Ryan has been suspended by the team and the reigning world champion still faces the possibility of further sanctions from the FIA. Hamilton finally broke his silence on Friday afternoon. “I sincerely apologise to the stewards for wasting their time but really, I'm very sorry for the situation and for my team and for Dave, because he's been a good member of the team for many years and I don't think that it was his intention. He's a good guy.
"When I went into the meeting, I had no intention (to mislead). I just wanted to tell my story and see what happened. I was misled and that's just how it went. I would like to say a big sorry to all my fans who have believed in me and supported me through the years. They watched me for what I am the last two years — that's who I am.
"I am not a liar. I'm not a dishonest person. I'm a team player and every time I've been informed to do something, I've done it. This time I realise that it's a huge mistake."