Hamilton Denies Dangerous Defending Against Alonso

After the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend, Lewis Hamilton was handed a 20-second penalty by the FIA stewards for making more than one defending maneuver on the main straight in front of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. And while accepting that penalty, which demoted him from 7th to 8th place at the end of the race, the McLaren driver dismissed allegations that his defense was at any point dangerous.

I don't think I was overly defending my position,” Hamilton told reporters in China on Thursday, according to Autosport. “I'm a racer, and people want to see racing, they want to see overtaking and I would never in a million years try to put anyone else – or even myself – in danger.

Earlier this week, Alonso had told the Spanish media that “at 300kmh he (Hamilton) did some very aggressive moves with the steering wheel.”

I think I've always raced with my heart and I think I've always made pretty smart decisions when it comes to racing and defending.”

As for making multiple left-right moves in order to defend his position ahead of Alonso, Hamilton insisted that when he did those maneuvers, his car was more than 10 or 15 meters ahead. He did however admit that there are grounds for the penalty.

When you're defending you have to try and make your car as wide as possible. The rule is basically that you're not allowed to make more than one manoeuvre to defend, but where they were saying I was defending too much was on the straight, where he actually was 10 or 15 metres behind me, so I wasn't defending a move that he had done.

But it's how you interpret the rules and you can't do anything about it. But I appreciate all the support I've had [from fans],” he added.

Furthermore, Ham insisted that he wasn't too bummed out after receiving the penalty, as it didn't change too much in terms of points gain in Malaysia.
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