"It's an absolute fricking joke. I've been to see the stewards five times out of six this season. Maybe it's because I'm black," said Lewis Hamilton after the Monaco Grand Prix.
The red rags that triggered off that outburst were two separate penalties imposed on him for collisions with Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado during the race.
Realising that the statement could invite an even worse penalty, Hamilton swiftly found a scapegoat in his warped sense of humour.
"What I said was a bit of a joke, which wasn't funny at the time. I made them (the stewards) aware that when emotions are high, and it's very intense at the end of those kind of races, you don't always say the right thing, and the joke didn't come at the most appropriate time."
Image: Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil crashes against a wall after a collision with Lewis Hamilton during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 29, 2011.