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Hamilton shrugs off Villeneuve's comments

Lewis Hamilton has brushed aside claims by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve that his driving is dangerous.

Villeneuve has questioned Hamilton's aggressive defensive tactics at the start of races this year, and even claimed that other drivers would have been punished for driving the same way.

But speaking about the comments in Montreal on Thursday, Hamilton said he had no case to answer for.

"Jacques deserves to have his opinions about it and I can respect that, but this is racing," said the McLaren driver. "As you can see, I think it is down to the driver to decide whether it is dangerous.

"If you are cutting across people, being dangerous and possibly taking them out, then I would totally agree. But that has not been the case in any of the races I have seen.

"It has not been dangerous up until now and I think you can see that it is for the FIA to make the choice."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who has enjoyed some close racing with Hamilton this year, has also denied that the Briton has done anything wrong.

"We saw in every race this year a good fight," said the Brazilian. "The stewards are there to see if anybody does anything wrong, and I don't think people did anything wrong. But I don't like to comment on these politics because it doesn't help anyone.

"For me it (Hamilton's driving) was normal, like I didn't do anything wrong in Barcelona."

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