Lewis Hamilton lashes out at his critics over cheating allegations

Lewis Hamilton lashes out at his critics, says accusations of Mercedes cheating its way to title are ‘WORST claim ever’ for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

  • Mercedes has momentum in F1 title race after winning the last two races
  • Lewis Hamilton dominated in Brazil and Qatar to close the gap to eight points
  • The seven-time champion has vigorously refuted all allegations of cheating
  • Hamilton swiped back at critics, saying this is ‘worst claim ever’


Lewis Hamilton bit back at his critics, saying it is the ‘worst claim ever’ to accuse Mercedes of trying to cheat its eighth world title.

Tensions are running high between Mercedes and Red Bull with Hamilton now just eight points behind championship leader Max Verstappen with two races to go.

Red Bull has been particularly furious with Hamilton’s rear wing and they have looked to the stewards to punish what they believe has been an unfair advantage in recent weeks.

Lewis Hamilton says it’s ‘worst claim ever’ to accuse Mercedes of cheating in F1

Hamilton (right) revealed he was seeking more information amid criticisms of his rear wing plate

Hamilton (right) revealed he was seeking more information amid criticisms of his rear wing plate

Red Bull raised suspicions about Hamilton's rear wing in Brazil during this frenetic title fight

Red Bull raised suspicions about Hamilton’s rear wing in Brazil during this frenetic title fight

Red Bull boss Christian Horner pointed to ‘score’ markings on the rear wing, disqualifying Hamilton from qualifying in Brazil for being too open, the stewards said.

A new power unit allowed him to dance through the field to take the win and Hamilton is adamant that everything behind their resurgence in form was above board.

“We all have egos and that’s what controls our emotions, and it’s egos fighting each other,” Hamilton said, as quoted by the Time.

“There’s defense, there’s respect, but I did see someone say something about cheating, and that’s the worst claim ever made.”

Upon hearing of the allegations against his car in Brazil, and in particular against its rear wing, Hamilton, 36, has revealed that he has called Mercedes’ technical director and chief aerodynamicist to get a better understanding.

Hamilton (left) and Verstappen (right) drive wheel to wheel all season in the battle for first place

Hamilton (left) and Verstappen (right) drive wheel to wheel all season in the battle for first place

There is a lot of tension and animosity between teams as Verstappen tries to hold onto the lead

There is a lot of tension and animosity between teams as Verstappen tries to hold onto the lead

He added: “I called James Allison and Mike Elliott and said, ‘I really want to know about these things,’ and they took me through the details of where we are.

‘We’ve done all these tests and this is where it is, but I don’t like it when people put that’ [cheating accusations] Outside.’

Hamilton was 19 points behind Verstappen at one point, but the gap is now just eight points and if the Briton led his rival to victory again, he could go to the final race in Abu Dhabi just one point behind.

The paddock is full of talks about the legality of the Mercedes and interest sparked when Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said they would hand Hamilton a ‘spicy’ engine for the upcoming GP in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Hamilton just feels his boss is having fun and “teasing” rivals with his words, but his engine is “fresh”, rather than giving him an unfair advantage.

It was a fraught title fight with clashes at Imola, Silverstone and Monza between Hamilton and Verstappen between the standouts.

In Brazil there was outrage that Verstappen was not punished for forcing Hamilton off the track, adding to the animosity between the two sides.

Hamilton saw Verstappen's car go over his head at Monza during one of their collisions this season

Hamilton saw Verstappen’s car go over his head at Monza during one of their collisions this season

Hamilton had one of his best ever drives to win the Brazilian Grand Prix earlier this month

With the stakes so close and both drivers pushing their cars to the limit, it’s possible they’ll get tangled up again.

Damon Hill, who won the championship in 1996, is wary of another controversial clash that will prove decisive in the title race and mark what has been a sensational season.

“I think it would be sad for F1,” Hill, an expert for Sky Sports F1, told sports post.

“We have a duty to be sporty. I know sport is a bit naive to expect footballers or whatever not to make a mistake every now and then, but it would be great if there was a way to solve it, not amicably, but satisfactorily.

“You want to come out of this with a great championship fought by two worthy opponents and the best man and the best team won. You don’t want to hang things like that above the championship.’

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