Hamilton quiet over calls for FIA change

Hamilton quiet over calls for FIA change

Lewis Hamilton refused to be drawn on calls for changes from the FIA following McLaren’s failed appeal and instead insisted he was focused solely on capturing his maiden world championship title.

The International Court of Appeal ruled McLaren’s protest at the 25-second drive-through penalty handed to Hamilton at the recent Belgian Grand Prix as inadmissible.

Consequently, Hamilton’s lead at the top of drivers’ standings is just a single point over Ferrari’s Felipe Massa going into this weekend’s historic Singapore Grand Prix.

Jackie Stewart yesterday demanded that the FIA employ permanent, professional stewards for each race in order to ensure consistency in their decision-making.

However, when asked for his opinion on the three-time world champion’s comments, Hamilton stressed he has put the decision behind him in order to concentrate on picking up the points he needs in the remaining four races.

“Its not for me to comment on it,” said the 23-year-old. “I haven’t spoke to Jackie or read any comments.

“I am not focussing on the past and I am just moving forward and concentrating on the next race.”

The hearing was no doubt an unwelcome distraction for Hamilton ahead of Formula One’s first night race on Singapore’s street circuit.

But Hamilton insisted it had not affected his preparations as he looks to claim his fifth victory this season.

“It didn’t really disrupt my week to be honest because I went straight to the airport and got on the plane,” he added.

“We went there and gave it our best shot, perhaps it wasn’t the best result but we move on. It is all in the past now and we must focus on the next four races. We approach them with the same confidence as we have the last ones.

“We have come here no different to how we went to Monza and we are just going to try and do a good job this weekend.

“We are all in the unknown but we have come here to try and score as many points as we can. The key is to score as many as we can in the last four races and be consistent.”

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