Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hamilton wroong over safety

Lewis Hamilton is "completely wrong" for opting out of the Grand Prix Drivers' Associations attempts to make Formula One as safe as possible, according to former world champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

Hamilton, off the mark for McLaren with a victory in the first grand prix of the new season in Australia last weekend, has declined to join the GPDA.

Stewart, however, believes the new efforts to improve safety should be backed by all competitors - especially in view of new rules which remove driver aids.

"It is completely wrong of Lewis not be be involved," Stewart said of his fellow Briton.

"I am surprised and disappointed at him. He has been badly advised."

Stewart warns his sport must be vigilant to minimise the likelihood of a tragedy.

"So far we have been incredibly lucky," he said.

"We are on the slate to have a big shunt. But what is going to happen is this - somebody is going to get killed.

"At the speeds modern cars do it'll be like an air crash."

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