“I am Only Human”- Lewis Hamilton Speaks Out on His Sochi Controversy With a Heartfelt Message




Many expected Lewis Hamilton to cruise through in the Russian GP just like any other Grand Prix. It would have been his 91st career race victory, matching the great Michael Schumacher’s record.
Especially after battling difficulties in Qualifying, where he was almost knocked out in Q2 with two minutes to go. But pushing on the Softs saw him do just enough to qualify for Q3. Such was his momentum and desire, that a blistering lap in the final phase saw him achieve the pole position.
However, the day absolutely did not go the way Lewis thought it would. Following an FIA investigation, he received a 10-second time penalty. It triggered a reaction from him post-race, stating that the regulatory body was ‘out to get him’.

Lewis Hamilton keen to continue fighting

Following the developments in the last two days, the British powerhouse organized and expressed his thoughts. In what was a determined statement posted on Twitter, Hamilton said, “I may not always get it right in the face of adversity. I may not always react the way you want me to when tensions are high. But I am only human after all and I am passionate about what I do.”

“I’m learning and growing every day, and I’ll take my lessons and keep fighting on to the next one. Thank you to those who continue to support and are right there fighting with me. Still we rise!”

The saga kicked off with the FIA levying a time penalty on Hamilton for practicing in an undesignated area, which was considered a ‘safety violation’. The sanctions also saw the regulatory body award him two penalty points, although that was rescinded soon enough.

Lewis Hamilton felt the penalty was unjustified considering he was the pole sitter in the race. And he made his feelings particularly clear over the team radio interactions. Still, he finished 3rd after serving his penalty in the pits.

Mercedes’ efforts concentrated on sealing the season’s titles

Hamilton has his team to thank for the withdrawal of the penalty points. The team radio reviewed by the FIA convinced them that Hamilton’s mistake was due to an ‘improper instructions’ from the team, and Mercedes were duly penalized for the same.

Regardless, Mercedes will want to put this behind them and move on. With 8 races to go, the German manufacturer would be targeting the Nurburgring race, as moving a step closer to their seventh Constructors’ Championship.