I don’t dwell on Liegate, says Lewis

Lewis Hamilton has said that he has not dwelt on the Liegate scandal that saw him in trouble with the stewards at last year’s Australian Grand Prix.

The Briton, starting his first race as world champion here in Australia last year, was involved in the scandal when he and team managers told the stewards that there had not been radio communication between them after an incident with Jarno Trulli, when transcripts suggested otherwise.

But the Stevenage-born racer told the media at a promotional event that he had moved on.

“Being a racer you’re always looking forward,” he said. “When you’re in a race car travelling at 200mph you have to look far, far forward. And I approach my life day by day. We are in the fast lane. It goes by fast and you have to be ready for what is coming up. Not what has happened in the past.”

He went on to say that in reality, the experience had made him a stronger person.

“I look at it as a stepping stone in my life and something I learned a whole lot from.

“Every time I’ve come here, my first year in Melbourne I got a first podium position in my first grand prix. In 2008 I came here and I won. Last year, don’t forget I had a great race. I came from dead last on the grid up into fourth place. So it was still a good experience.

“2009 was a tough year altogether. I learned a lot throughout about team building and lifting up the team. The team does so much, but at the end of the day I’m the one who has to jump in and get the results for the team.”