JULY 29, 2016
No apology from Hamilton over middle finger says Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez says world champion Lewis Hamilton is yet to apologise for making an obscene gesture during last weekend's Hungarian GP.
Although penalised for not obeying blue flags when lapped, Mexican Haas driver Gutierrez was furious at Hamilton for sticking up his middle finger during the passing manoeuvre.
"I think the penalty came only because Lewis complained, which is a problem because what he did was disrespectful," Gutierrez was quoted by the Spanish sports newspaper Marca at Hockenheim.
"It was unsportsmanlike and he should learn to respect his competitors and those, like me, who are doing their best and trying to let him pass in a safe place," he added.
Asked if he had cleared the air with Hamilton, Gutierrez answered: "I haven't talked to him.
"I know he's been looking for my number but I didn't get a call. We'll see over the weekend," he said.
"Personally I have nothing against him, but I think whoever we are, we are all people who deserve the same level of respect," said the 24-year-old.
Meanwhile, amid a great controversy about a yellow flag incident in Hungary, Fernando Alonso said he will not be following Hamilton's lead in asking for a clarification in Friday's driver briefing.
"I was in F1 for 16 years, and competing for 31 years, and every two races there is a situation with yellow flags," Spaniard Alonso said.
"I think it was never a problem until it happened to Nico (Rosberg). I remember Vettel with Vergne in Brazil with yellow flags and he (Vettel) became world champion.
"For me, the stewards had the information and made their decision, everything is clear -- I do not need any clarification," Alonso added.