Formula One: Hamilton declares his opinion on FIA, Vettel on Instagram

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after the qualifying session for the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after the qualifying session for the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • The investigation into Sebastian Vettel deliberately driving at Lewis Hamilton may have been officially closed, but the British Formula One driver is seemingly less ready to let it go.

Hamilton appeared to endorse an Instagram post criticising the world championship leader and the sport's governing body after the FIA announced that it would not be pursuing the German's dangerous driving in Azerbaijan, where he swerved into Hamilton.

Hamilton is yet to say anything through official channels after Monday's ruling but he "liked" a damning post on Tuesday, shortly after the ruling was announced by the FIA.

The post, by the user "tillykeeper_zackfan", an avowed Hamilton fan, declared a lack of respect for the governing body, as well as for Ferrari and Vettel.

"The message this sends is that you can do whatever you want on track, smash into each other but if you suck up and just apologise and you get away with it!" the post said.

The post also accused the FIA of being biased towards Ferrari and suggested that if the tables had been turned, Hamilton would have faced a stricter punishment.

Accusations of bias are not new for the FIA. Jean Todt, the FIA president, was previously the long-standing team principal at Ferrari during the Michael Schumacher era.

Hamilton is now 14 points behind Vettel after eight of 20 races and he will be intent on bridging that gap at this Sunday's Grand Prix in Austria.

Vettel celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday but it can be safely assumed that Hamilton will not be carrying any gifts to the scenic Red Bull Ring.

Mercedes have won every year since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 and Hamilton is the only driver on this season's grid to have won in Austria - doing so last year after a last-lap collision with his now-retired team-mate Nico Rosberg.

THE TIMES, LONDON, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2017, with the headline 'Hamilton declares his opinion on Instagram'. Print Edition | Subscribe