Hamilton off the hook

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

MONTREAL - There will be no further action taken against McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton after the 26-year-old Briton suggested that racism was part of a decision to punish him for an on-track incident at Monaco two weeks ago.

Race stewards penalized Hamilton after he collided with Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

In a post-race television interview, Hamilton said that perhaps he kept getting called in front of the stewards because he was black.

He immediately apologized in person to the stewards and this week wrote a letter of apology to F-1 rules boss Jean Todt.

Todt confirmed on Thursday to Britain’s Telegraph newspaper that no new punishment would be levelled at Hamilton over the remark.

“I am trying to maintain a good harmony among everybody,” Todt told the newspaper. “I could have asked our judicial court to address the problem but we never officially opened the case. (Hamilton) went to the stewards to apologize. He went with his father.

“Maybe it would have been better to put him in the court, to ban him for six Grands Prix. But he wrote to me and I wrote to him and the thing is over.”

Hamilton also went on his Twitter account this week to say he was sorry for his outburst.Lewis


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