Hamilton apologises to motor racing chief for lying

April 11th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 11 (ANI): Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has privately apologised to motor-racing chief Charlie Whiting for lying to stewards at Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.

FIA director Whiting has revealed what happened at the inquiry immediately after the Australian Grand Prix and the follow-up in Malaysia four days later.

McLaren face the World Motor Sport Council in Paris later this month over false statements, which implied Toyota’s Jarno Trulli illegally overtook Hamilton, The Sun reports.

“I was distinctly uncomfortable about Lewis’ demeanour on the Sunday in Australia. It was completely clear he was telling lies,” Whiting revealed.

“On Thursday in Malaysia I would say he was just doing what he was told to do. The fact he came and apologised to me in Sepang sums it up pretty much,” he said.

“He came to me and wanted to talk to me privately and just said he wanted to apologise for everything he’d done, and he wouldn’t do it again, that sort of thing,” Whiting added.

McLaren have since sacked sporting director Dave Ryan, which could leave Hamilton on his own in answering questions at the World Council hearing.

As Ryan is no longer an employee of McLaren, he is not compelled to attend or give evidence.

The team face five charges under the FIA’s code and could be suspended from the championship. (ANI)

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