Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Hamilton vows to play by the Formula One rules

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says he has no intention of ending his Formula One career with stains on his character like Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher's brilliant, but tainted time in Formula One was again the subject of debate on Wednesday after his failure to apologise for one of his most outrageous indiscretions in Monaco four years ago.

The 41-year-old was offered ample opportunity to say sorry for feigning an accident and parking his Ferrari at Rascasse to block then bitter rival Fernando Alonso from grabbing pole position.

Throw in the championship deciders in 1994 and 1997 when he tried to take out Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, and Schumacher is as much remembered for such infamy as for his seven world titles.

Hamilton may also have been embroiled in ‘lie-gate' at the start of last year, although he maintains he was acting on team orders. The 25-year-old is determined to keep it clean and play by the rules.

“When I leave F1 I want to be remembered as one of the best drivers of all time,” Hamilton said.

“I am part of the sport, part of its history, a world champion, so I would like to be remembered in the best way and the best light.

“I want to be remembered as a fair driver, a clean driver, one who always drove with his heart, who battled through thick and thin to score the points and the championships I will hopefully earn.”

Asked about Schumacher's occasional unscrupulous acts and whether he is intent on ensuring his character is not similarly blighted, Hamilton replied: “Absolutely. When I think about history, it is not just about me, it is about how my family raised me, where we came from.

“For that to be potentially tainted by something like that would devastate me. That is something I don't want to be known for.”

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