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Bernie Ecclestone defends Hamilton's feisty driving in Canada // Lewis faces a busy week, with repercussions from Montreal

Published by Christine Blachford

Bernie Ecclestone defends Hamilton's feisty driving in Canada
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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has had a busy week so far, after stirring up a bit of controversy at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Brit was involved in two incidents before the red flag, including a collision with his teammate which saw him retire from the race.

After criticism for his feisty driving two races in a row, FOM chief Bernie Ecclestone has defended him, saying: “People have been wrong to rubbish Lewis. What we want is people racing, and all the people who watch it want that. Perhaps Lewis has made one or two questionable moves, but so have many of the others, and nobody bothers to look what’s happening further down the field.”

On Tuesday, Hamilton took part in a car swap with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at the Watkins Glen International circuit. It was a damp day but both drivers enjoyed their time behind their respective wheels and, more importantly, put on a good show.

Hamilton was also confirmed to appear at the FOTA Fan Forum later this month, alongside Kamui Kobayashi. The pair will take part in the event at the McLaren Technology Centre, where fans can put questions directly to the teams.