Lewis Hamilton reportedly had a steward preventing his nook on the Belgian Grand Prix. An incident involving Red Bull star Sergio Perez throughout Saturday’s dash race noticed the Brit slapped with two penalties, though not everybody agreed that the punishments had been justified.
Hamilton and Perez came together through the quick and livid dash round Spa-Francorchamps. The Mercedes ace squeezed previous, however solely after making contact with the Mexican’s sidepod, inflicting injury to his F1 rival.
It went from dangerous to worse for Perez because the incident finally noticed him known as into the pits to retire the automotive. Hamilton was given a five-second penalty, dropping him right down to P7 by the tip of the race, whereas he was additionally handed two penalty factors.
“As Ayrton [Senna] stated, if you happen to not go for a niche that exists, then you might be not a racing driver,” Hamilton ranted afterwards.
“That’s what I did. And once I watched it again it looks like a racing incident to me. The situations had been tough on the market. We’re doing our greatest and it wasn’t intentional. He was gradual and I went up the within and I used to be greater than half-a-car size alongside.”
It appeared that Hamilton no less than had some backing among the many stewards. Though they dished out the seven-time world champion’s punishment, one particularly is believed to have begged his colleagues to notch the collision down as a racing incident.
“I will stand by that, having now watched and analysed it once more. Lewis had claimed the nook, there was an error earlier than the nook by Perez and he was on the within.”
Hamilton regrouped earlier than Sunday’s Grand Prix and performed his half in a good day for Mercedes. The 38-year-old fell simply in need of the rostrum with a P4 end, whereas team-mate George Russell took the chequered flag in sixth.