Britain's 2008 F1 champion came close to quitting F1 over last year's 'Liegate' scandal
9 March 2010

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was close to quitting Formula One after he was accused of misleading stewards at last year’s Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren’s David Ryan lost his job and the team received a suspended three-race ban when race stewards challenged evidence Ryan and Hamilton gave them after the Briton swapped places with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli under a safety car period.

Hamilton was strongly criticised over the incident and has revealed he came close to turning his back on the sport following the scandal.

"I care about how people perceive me,” he said. “It was a feeling of, 'Shoot, maybe I shouldn't be in the sport,' rather than not in my team. This is my dream team and I am fortunate to have been here from the beginning [of my career].

"I never had a desire to drive for anyone else. So it was not a desire to leave the team, just to stop racing. For a split second it was, 'This is too much to take. How do I recover from this?''"

Hamilton revealed that the support he received from family and friends encouraged him to continue racing in F1.

“For a long period of time, for months, I would walk into a room - and I am sure there are some people who walked into the room and they feel cool - but for me I just didn't feel positive, it was negative energy and I don't like that,” he said.

"But slowly I began to realise that it was not all negative energy and I had a lot of support and respect from people. It made me stronger. It was a real strong experience."

Hamilton believes the situation has made him stronger, but wants to avoid a repeat scenario in the future in order to keep his integrity.

"I can't say what will happen in the future but I have always said I love the sport, I love winning and winning in the right way.,” he said. “Integrity is very important to me."

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9 March 2010

[quote Autocar]"I care about how people perceive me,” he said. “It was a feeling of, 'Shoot, maybe I shouldn't be in the sport,' rather than not in my team. [/quote]

Anyone who says "shoot" deserves everything coming to them.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

9 March 2010

I get the impression with Lewis that his comment finds it context along the lines of the idea that he considered leaving F1 as a threat to somehow 'punish' the FIA and the bean counters rather than out of any notion of being caught at it and falling on his sword.

I really don't like Lewis.

9 March 2010

Waaaa, waaaa, waaaa! What's that I hear, is it the sound of a baby crying? Maybe young Lewis needs to get a proper job for a while. Maybe he needs to find out what the rest of the human race has to put up with on a daily basis. Your task for today, ladies and gentlemen, is to write a sentence of 12 words or less that contains the words 'spoilt' and 'ego'. Good luck.

9 March 2010

I expected him to leave F1 after being docked 10 seconds for re-overtaking Raikkonen - and the stupid stewards giving the race to Massa when he hadn't performed all the race! I don't think anyone would have blamed him for leaving. He doesn't need F1, F1 needs him. He could get a fortune racing in the US. I think it's quite clear that a certain dwarf doesn't like the idea of him winning, but that dwarf realises that he needs him to amount even more cash. I think Lewis is on a hair trigger with regard to packing it in and going to the States, so some people ought to be careful how he's handled - especially with his father no longer managing him. He's young (that's why he uses words like 'shoot') and a little hot-headed like we all were, so he needs guidance. Having said that though, I would have gone after the re-overtake incident - and I'm old enough to be level-headed!

He's an amazing talent for someone so young, and we should be proud that he's English. I wish he hadn't of moved abroad, then lied about his reason, but no 'star' or celeb is perfect - they have flaws like we all do. He can look forward to a fantastic career, and ignore the puerile, pathetic and glaringly-obvious jealousy that you can see written above.

9 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was close to quitting Formula One[/quote]

Chinny reckon

9 March 2010

[quote Freelance journo]He's an amazing talent for someone so young, and we should be proud that he's English. I wish he hadn't of moved abroad, then lied about his reason, but no 'star' or celeb is perfect - they have flaws like we all do. He can look forward to a fantastic career, and ignore the puerile, pathetic and glaringly-obvious jealousy that you can see written above.[/quote]

+1

9 March 2010

Why is it puerile, pathetic and glaringly obvious?

He's talented, no-one will have an issue with that, he seems like a nice boy, he's a British World Champion so kudos to him but he was caught cheating.

Hamilton wiggled and squirmed, team members were sacked, his threat to quit was a disingenuous attempt to get sympathy and take the pressure off a character flaw - the truth is that Hamilton believes F1 needs him more than he needs F1.
His mistake, and why he get's up peoples noses, is that he was less than honest about any of this.

A 'freelance journo' should have some objective perspective.

9 March 2010

so? haven't we heard this all before, if he felt that way over the scandel he should have quit, but since he didn't can he please stop going on about it!!!

9 March 2010

[quote Freelance journo]He doesn't need F1, F1 needs him.[/quote]

F1 needs hamilton??? oh yeah i could see F1 fall to its knees if Hamilton left, oh how F1 would crumble!!!!

F1 doesn't "need" any one single driver, especially Hamilton!

9 March 2010

[quote Phillip McCavitie]

Why is it puerile, pathetic and glaringly obvious?

He's talented, no-one will have an issue with that, he seems like a nice boy, he's a British World Champion so kudos to him but he was caught cheating.

Hamilton wiggled and squirmed, team members were sacked, his threat to quit was a disingenuous attempt to get sympathy and take the pressure off a character flaw - the truth is that Hamilton believes F1 needs him more than he needs F1.
His mistake, and why he get's up peoples noses, is that he was less than honest about any of this.

A 'freelance journo' should have some objective perspective.

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This is so right. Lewis has employed the Max Clifford methodology so that no matter how atrocious it is whatver you have done that so long as you paint it that you are the victim and that you are on a 'journey' back to the path of righteousness that all will be OK. He cheated, he was complicit and he was damned lucky that F1 didn't get rid of him. He needs to man up. Winning isn't everything if you want a legacy as the fastest driver of all.

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