Lewis Hamilton has praised the role played by the FIA stewards during the first four races of this season, saying they are the best he has experienced in his Formula 1 career.
Hamilton has been criticized for some robust racing this season but has yet to be given more than a reprimand by the stewards. Former drivers have been members of the stewarding panel since the beginning of the season.
Speaking at a press conference in South Africa on Tuesday, Hamilton said: "I think the FIA and their racing stewards this year, they've been the best that I've probably experienced in Formula 1. It's difficult (for the stewards) in Formula 1; we're all there to race, to have a good time; we're not to there to mess around.
"For sure we're all pushing the boundaries and rules are rules, but I think this year it's been a lot more fair and definitely more consistent and more racing has been (the result). Us drivers are now not afraid to have a real battle with someone, without the worry of risking a penalty and I think that's fantastic.
"(The stewards) are doing a fantastic job and I think that's what's also contributing to such great racing so far (this season)," Hamilton concluded.