Lewis Hamilton pitlane scare as FIA hit Esteban Ocon with penalty for near collision

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LEWIS HAMILTON suffered a pit lane scare within the opening phases of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton made contact with Esteban Ocon within the Imola pitlane as drivers desperately pitted for dry tyres. Ocon hit the facet of the seven-time champion after an unsafe launch from the Alpine crew and was hit with a five-second penalty for the incident. 

The incident was below investigation by the stewards with Ocon then being given a five-second time penalty for his crew’s unsafe launch. The push for dry tyres was began as a dry line appeared to kind on the moist monitor. 

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was one of many first to make the leap and was adopted moments later by half the sphere. Nevertheless, Hamilton misplaced time in his pit cease and dropped three locations right down to 14th. 

The seven-time champion had struggled to make an influence on the race earlier than the monitor dried after being caught behind different midfield automobiles. 

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Lewis Hamilton pitlane scare as FIA hit Esteban Ocon with penalty for near collision

Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Ocon made contact within the pits (Picture: Twitter / F1)

Nevertheless, team-mate George Russell had a terrific begin, shifting up from eleventh to fifth. Alpine have been determined to get Ocon larger up the sphere after Fernando Alonso retired throughout the opening phases. 

Contact with Mick Schumacher on the primary lap loosened the Spaniard’s sidepod which fellow off moments later. The crew have been compelled to retire the automotive which compromised the crew’s hope for a robust factors end.

In the meantime, Mercedes has struggled all weekend in Imola as their issues seem to have worsened. The crew was the third-fastest automotive on the different three race weekends this season however have lacked much more tempo in Italy.  

Each drivers have been knocked out in Q2 on Friday and have been unable to interrupt into the highest 10 in Saturday’s dash. 

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Lewis Hamilton pitlane scare as FIA hit Esteban Ocon with penalty for near collision

Lewis Hamilton struggled to work his approach by way of the sphere (Picture: Twitter / F1)

With half the race remaining, Hamilton was nonetheless struggling to work his approach by way of the sphere and continued to sit down in 14th. After Saturday’s dash race, the Briton had claimed his alternative to win the title this season seemed to be over. 

He stated: “Plenty of work is occurring within the background and it’s what it’s, that is what we now have. We have not bought it proper this 12 months however everyone seems to be working as onerous as they will to appropriate it.

“That is the scenario that we’re confronted with and we’re clearly not combating for the Championship however we’re combating to grasp this automotive and enhance and progress by way of the 12 months. That’s all we are able to hope for proper now.”


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