He could have started the Formula One Russian Grand Prix from the first starting cube, but only saw Lewis Hamilton the checkered flag as the third. Mercedes’ six-time world champion half-finished his race with a mistake, even before the red lights went out: he made trial runs in a forbidden place on the circuit leading to the starting grid.
The stewards ’verdicts were already made during the race: Hamilton was given a ten-second penalty, which the British downloaded during his boxing stand. Hamilton didn’t seem really calm during the 53-lap competition, and he avoided questions about his sentence during quick post-drop interviews.
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However, it was later opened to members of the press in Sochi. “I’m sure no one has received two five-second penalties for such insanity before,” he said. “I haven’t endangered anyone, I’ve done this on a million tracks over the years and they’ve never questioned that. But that’s it. ”
Hamilton said it was clear that he was punished too severely by the stewards. “I had expected. That’s how they try to stop it, isn’t it? ” Asked the British, who also received two penalty points. This can be a problem for him, as there are already 10 units next to his name: if he pockets two more until the November Turkish Grand Prix, a dozen penalty points will be added to the race ban.
“I have to break my head and stay focused. We’ll see what happens next. We will talk about things; we need to make sure I don’t get into this situation again. “
UPDATE: The stewards subsequently took away 2 penalty points from Hamilton at the Russian Grand Prix.