F1 qualifying LIVE: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid as FIA decide on Lewis Hamiltony penalty


No punishment for Lewis Hamilton from his incident in FP3 and the race stewards have used Max Verstappen as an example as to why the Mercedes driver escaped punishment.

“No dispute that Car 44 passed Car 20 directly after the track was placed in a Red Flag condition. (Hamilton) was on a fast lap, he saw the Red Light, immediately completely lifted the throttle and applied the brakes while checking his mirrors for cars following in close proximity.

“He said he had, in doing so, gone past Car 20. Stewards noted precedent in relation to the 2021 Dutch GP (Verstappen), where no action was taken against the driver under similar but not identical circumstances

“Conclusion that the driver of Car 44 took every reasonable action to comply with the regulations in that he immediately reduced speed in a safe manner at the earliest opportunity upon the first indication of the red light.”


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