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06/13/11
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Hamilton's boneheaded moves does him in again UPDATE #2
Lewis Hamilton - his aggressive moves are becoming a detriment to the sport, and to himself
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton "goes a bit too far", is "clumsy" or "completely mad", depending on who you listened to after the Canadian grand prix.

After several run-ins with the stewards this year, the McLaren driver was involved in more incidents in Montreal, including one that moved his teammate Jenson Button to exclaim on the radio: "What is he doing?"

The pair and boss Martin Whitmarsh later played down the incident and the stewards took no action after an investigation, but Mark Webber hit out at Hamilton's earlier "clumsy" maneuver that tipped him into a spin.

"I think Lewis thought the checkered flag was in turn three," said the Australian dryly.

F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss said on BBC radio that he thinks Hamilton, 26, often "goes a bit too far" now that he is no longer managed by his father.

On RTL television, Niki Lauda went much further: "He is completely mad.  At some point, there has to be an end to all the jokes.  You cannot drive like this -- as it will result in someone getting killed."

But the stewards remained calm, also when after the race investigating a collision between Button and Fernando Alonso that threatened the former's victory.

Alonso was unhappy with the decision.

"The McLaren is an indestructible car," he said, apparently referring also to Button's contact with his teammate.  "The officials have investigated but I have a different opinion," Alonso told Spanish reporters.

"I think when we finally get our luck back we'll win a championship in half a season," he rued.

06/12/11 Niki Lauda has called on the FIA to hand Lewis Hamilton sanctions for what he believes is dangerous driving.

"What Hamilton did there goes beyond all boundaries," Lauda said during his commentary on RTL television. "He is completely mad.

"If the FIA does not punish him, I do not understand the world any more. At some point there has to be an end to all the jokes. You cannot drive like this - as it will result in someone getting killed."

But if the FIA hands him a penalty he will complain he is being singled out because he is black.

06/12/11 (GMM)  While the sodden spectators waited for the Montreal rain to ease, the latest F1 controversy began to swirl.

The Canadian grand prix was red-flagged for a long period whilst weather men grinned at their accurate predictions of heavy afternoon rain.

As the teams stood idle, drinking tea and eating biscuits on the grid while drivers sat in their cockpits under canvasses, Lewis Hamilton was at the back of the pits speaking about his collision with teammate Jenson Button.

McLaren's Hamilton had to retire from the race after clashing with the sister MP4-26 amid the spray and against the pitwall. zzzz

"What's he doing?" Button exclaimed in the radio, having clearly not seen his countryman through the spray in his mirrors.

Hamilton told reporters: "I don't know if he could see me or not, but he just kept coming over and over," said Hamilton, who later consoled himself with a hug with pop star Rihanna.

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