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Lewis Hamilton posted a message for the FIA on Instagram - but he quickly deleted it

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Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to complaining when he feels hard done-by.

It was only a few weeks ago when the British driving superstar complained that television coverage didn't show enough of his race-winning German Grand Prix drive, one which saw him gain a lead on Sebastian Vettel in the drivers standings.

“There was a point when it started to rain, I was three seconds quicker than the other drivers but for some reason there on the TV screen there was only the gaps between us there was no times being shown so people couldn’t see the difference," moaned Hamilton.

And he took to Instagram to attack pundits working for Sky Sports - which included Martin Brundle and ex-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg - for 'undermining' him following that win, claiming they had 'no good words to say' about him after starting in 14th position and becoming victorious, however this was later deleted.

One of Hamilton's most famous early-career races came when he was still driving for McLaren-Mercedes in 2008, as a fresh-faced 23-year-old.

In the penultimate lap of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa that year, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen defended his position - which forced Hamilton off the track.

Hamilton subsequently surrendered his position back to the Finn in the final lap due to the corner-cut, but immediately won it back, before Raikkonen crashed out of the race moments later.


The win was given to Hamilton first, but eventually taken off him after the FIA struck him with a 10-second penalty, demoting him to third position.

And Hamilton took to Instagram yesterday to comment on the race from 10 years ago - he's still not happy about the outcome and he wants things changing.

"During the race, I was forced onto the exit road in the last corner," recalled Hamilton in the post.

"I returned to the track and let Kimi back pass, ultimately over-taking him straight away.

Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen

"The FIA were questioned by my team at the time during the race if the move was okay and they confirmed it was good.

"So much happened after this with Kimi and I passing over another couple of times before he crashed on his own and I eventually won.

"It was epic and a race I am so proud of. However, after the race, the FIA went against their word and gave me a 10-second penalty, demoting me to third.

"Does anyone feel the FIA should give back this win they took from me? It's never too late to make things right."

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Wow, strong feelings from the four-time world champion, but he later deleted the post from his account, which indicates either he's been advised to do so, or he had a change of heart.

It's highly unlikely that Formula One's governing body will do anything about this - after all the race is very much in the past - but it has definitely not been forgotten about by some.

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