27 Apr 2009

Hamilton says he felt like quitting

2:43 pm on 27 April 2009

Defending Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton says he considered quitting the sport after the scandal in which he was found guilty of lying to race stewards.

24-year-old Hamilton was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after it emerged he and his McLaren team gave misleading evidence over a race incident.

Hamilton has told the BBC that public criticism affected him deeply.

He says he wasn't a hundred percent sure he wanted to be there for the next five years, being in the limelight with people slating him.

However he says he's now over that and wants to give his best, primarily for the fans.