Mercedes respond to ‘suspicious’ Lewis Hamilton picture from Spanish Grand Prix

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LEWIS HAMILTON was noticed strolling extraordinarily near Sergio Perez’s Pink Bull in Parc Ferme final weekend.

Mercedes respond to 'suspicious' Lewis Hamilton picture from Spanish Grand Prix

The picture of Lewis Hamilton sparked a debate on social media (Picture: TWITTER/ @LuisArochi24)

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Mercedes have moved to shortly deny rumours of Lewis Hamilton touching the rear wing of Sergio Perez’s Pink Bull after a video started circulating on-line. Max Verstappen made headlines final 12 months after he was fined €50,000 for touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s automobile on the Brazil Grand Prix.

F1 followers have since reacted to a video on-line of Hamilton on the Spanish Grand Prix the place he seemed to be extraordinarily near the rear wing of Perez’s automobile. It is not instantly clear on when the video was taken and whether or not parc ferme circumstances have been nonetheless in place.

However Hamilton was noticed strolling across the again of the RB18 with private assistent Angela Cullen additionally in tow. A nonetheless picture of the video seems to point out Hamilton being actually near touching Perez’s rear wing, though the image is way from conclusive.

And Mercedes have now since denied any suggestion that Hamilton did contact the Pink Bull.

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Mercedes respond to 'suspicious' Lewis Hamilton picture from Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton seemed to be squeezing via a spot (Picture: TWITTER/ @LuisArochi24)

”Some individuals appear to suppose he’s touching the wing, however his hand is not on it,” Mercedes stated in an announcement to GPblog. “At every finish of the flap, you may see the white dot for legality – and the bracket which permits the flap to pivot when the DRS opens.

“Some individuals appear to suppose a kind of brackets is his thumb – however it’s clearly not, because it’s the identical on either side.”

The FIA have since introduced in an addition to the F1 sporting rules with Article 60.5 stating: “Drivers should not intrude with parc ferme protocols in any manner.” When Verstappen was punished for touching Hamilton’s rear wing final 12 months, the stewards reviewed footage obtained from different automobiles whereas in parc ferme.

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Hamilton’s wing additionally subsequently failed scrutineering, however the stewards did not really feel Verstappen’s contact on the automobile contributed to that. They famous: “It’s clear to the stewards that it has turn into a behavior of the drivers to the touch vehicles after qualifying and the races.

“This was additionally the reason of Verstappen, that it was merely behavior to the touch this space of the automobile which has been a degree of hypothesis in latest races between each groups.

“This basic tendency has been seen as largely innocent and so has not been uniformly policed. Nonetheless, it’s a breach of the parc ferme regulation and has vital potential to trigger hurt.

“Contemplating the truth that no direct hurt was triggered on this case, within the opinion of the stewards, and that no earlier precedent of penalties for this exists – on the one hand; however that it’s a breach of the regulation and has potential for severe penalties on the opposite, the stewards decide to take motion on this case and order a high quality of €50,000. The stewards additional be aware that it’s meant that each one groups and drivers take discover that future breaches could incur totally different penalties from the Stewards of these occasions.”

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