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Hamilton hits out at FIA super license threat

(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the FIA's plans to penalize formula one drivers for road traffic infractions.

It is almost certainly the McLaren driver's so-called 'hoon driving' in Melbourne earlier this year that has moved the governing body to act in this area.

In Paris earlier this week, the FIA agreed that F1 drivers risk losing their jobs if they lose their normal road driving license.

And if a driver commits a "serious road traffic offence", the FIA "may issue a warning or refer the matter" to the World Motor Sport Council.

At Monza on Friday, 25-year-old Hamilton said he regularly supports road safety programs, but that "What we do in our private life is our private life".

"I'm sure Jean Todt has had a speeding ticket," said the Briton.

"We're all making mistakes and learning. I don't feel that everything I've worked for should be taken away from me for something that could be small, could be big," added Hamilton.

But his teammate Jenson Button does not agree.

"I think a serious offence is correct for it to cause an issue for your racing career," said the reigning world champion.


Well, what do you guys think?
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I think it shouldn't make any difference if an F1 driver gets points on their private license,what's it got to do with their career?
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It's the thin end of the wedge! If allowed to happen, it will spill over into other areas of drivers private lives

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Since when did the FIA become a police or civil court system? The problem with bureaucracies is the people in them think they have more power than they actually do, or are entitled to. The 1st thing the FIA should do is cut it's staff by 20%, starting with the biggest blowhard pompous asses they can identify, and do this same thing every year, until they cry they can't do their jobs, and can prove it. That would be the right number of employees for them to have.
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That hoon driving got him today!
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F1 is a business, and a high-stakes business at that. Moreover, there is a direct connection between the nature of the offense and what the sport is based on - driving. the FIA or F1 managment have every right to protect the integrity of their business with personal behavior clauses or restrictions. Anyting that an F1 or FIA driver does that could reflect poorly on the sport is the FIA or F1's business. Just like in so many other professional athletic leagues, the league has too much vested interest in public perception to let their athletes put it all at risk with their actions.

Hamilton, or any other driver, simply does not have the right to be an F1 driver. To say "we're all making mistakes" and equating that hoon-ism event to a mere speeding ticket suggests that Hamilton is lacking in a bit of maturity. If you were the owner of a multi-billion dollar global enterprise would you risk it for Hamilton or anyone else with that attitude?
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F1 is a circus, you need to have all kinds of people to make it entertaining! Plus burning tires should not be considered such a serious offense compared to DUI or DWI. FIA needs to mind their own business the same way they did with the Max Mosley incident!
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F1 is a circus, you need to have all kinds of people to make it entertaining! Plus burning tires should not be considered such a serious offense compared to DUI or DWI. FIA needs to mind their own business the same way they did with the Max Mosley incident!
But Hamilton was driving. Oh wait, so was Max.
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