Mar.19 - Lewis Hamilton will pay a EUR 50,000 fine for snubbing last year's FIA awards gala after losing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances.

"There will be some sort of fine," the seven time world champion confirmed in Bahrain.

However, Hamilton met with new FIA president Muhammed bin Sulayem on the sidelines of the 2022 season opener where it was decided that the money would actually be donated.

"We've worked together to make sure the money will be put towards youth from underprivileged backgrounds getting into motorsports engineering," said the Mercedes driver.

In a statement, the FIA confirmed that Hamilton had "acknowledged the importance" of attending the official gala, while bin Sulayem "reminded Hamilton of his obligation of sportsmanship".

The news coincides with the anticipated release of the FIA's full report into the circumstances of the decisive moments of the ultra-intense 2021 title battle in Abu Dhabi.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he won't be reading it.

"It's done, it's over already and there are many race direction decisions we can understand and many we cannot understand sometimes," said the Spaniard.

"We always move on and this time is no different."

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7 F1 Fan comments on “Hamilton gets 'fine' for snubbing FIA gala

  1. shroppyfly

    More LaLa spin , he comes out of acting the petulant child routine , looking like a Nobel Prize Winner "We've worked together " yeah take your penalty like a man for once

    The real reason he didn't attend the gala has now been revealed, he wasn't allowed to take his dog as a plus1

  2. Donalf

    Yes at last he's got his fine but still gets the last laugh 😂 is it not going to one of his charities Re, help under privalidged f1 drivers.

  3. Jax

    So to sum up. Sir Lewis gets not one, but two senior officials booted and an adjustment to the rules just by employing strategic silence. Then....has a meeting with the new boss to make sure the report is released amid rumours in won't. And agrees to pay a fine for skipping a ceremony only for it to be donated to a cause chosen by him, Sir Lewis! Who's really running the show here? Lol.

    • Jax

      Oh by the way. The report acknowledged that Moron Masi broke the rules by succumbing to RedBull pressure. How nice that this will always shadow Max's lucky first victory in history. 😎

    • ReallyOldRacer

      I hate to admit it, and will continue to ignore your acerbic petulance, but you are spot on with this post. Congrats. Now, can we please get on with 2022? Perhaps it's time to admit the knight is truly dark. Your silly prog's of last week are about to be the first of many errors this season.

    • Donalf

      Do you really need anymore proof, tonto & Sir Lulu are running the whole caboosh, did you see the disappointment on Brundle & Hills faces when Lulu & merc were not on the podium as for any team can win as long as its not mercedes.


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