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Hamilton and FIA have ‘worked together’ on fine he owes

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that the fine he’ll receive for missing the FIA ceremony last year, will be put towards helping underprivileged students.

Both Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes Team Boss Toto Wolff missed the annual FIA gala at the end of last year.

The event took place the Thursday following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s failure to attend was a clear breach of Article 6.6 of the sporting regulations.

This states: “drivers finishing first, second and third in the championship must be present at the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony”.

“There will be some sort of fine re: the gala,” the Mercedes driver confirmed.

“But we’ve worked together to make sure that the money will be put towards youths from underprivileged backgrounds [to help] them get into motorsport engineering.”

Later on Friday, the FIA released a statement confirming that president Mohammed Ben Sulayem had met with Hamilton.

This was to discuss diversity and inclusion in motorsport.

“Hamilton shared some of his experiences and findings from the report of the Hamilton Commission,” the statement read.

“One of the key factors identified upon which commitment to diversity and inclusion relies is the implementation of initiatives that are accessible to underrepresented groups.

“In the spirit of commitment to building a more diverse sport in the future, the FIA president gave his full support to Hamilton’s decision to make a donation of €50,000 that will be used to support a student from a disadvantaged background in achieving an education qualification in motorsport.

“During the meeting, the circumstances that led to Hamilton’s absence from the 2021 FIA Prize Giving Ceremony were also discussed. Hamilton acknowledged the importance of celebrating the year’s achievements with the prize winners from across motorsport and the FIA president reminded Hamilton of his obligation of sportsmanship, particularly of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

“I think it’s important that as a sport we’re transparent,” Hamilton replied.

“And I had a good meeting with Mohammed last night, who agreed that’s the direction we should take as a sport.

“So I’m looking forward to seeing it come out and people to know that this sport is transparent and we’re learning from what’s happened in the past and we’ll make improvements moving forward.”

Feature Image Credit: @LewisHamilton on Twitter.

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