Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid penalty after Lando Norris investigation

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LEWIS HAMILTON will begin in eighth place for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, it has been confirmed.

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid penalty after Lando Norris investigation

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan GP grid place penalty after rule breach investigation (Picture: GETTY)

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Lewis Hamilton has been cleared of wrongdoing and won’t be punished by the FIA regardless of having been summoned to the stewards on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly throughout qualifying in Baku. Hamilton was concerned in an incident with Lando Norris on the finish of Q2 which angered the McLaren pitwall with the Briton showing to drive slowly at Flip 15. However each Hamilton and Norris have now been cleared of breaching the rules and no additional motion shall be taken.

Norris slowed down and refused to cross Hamilton though the Mercedes was nearly at an entire cease. The pair each visited the stewards after qualifying and Norris had admitted to the media that he didn’t suppose Hamilton did something incorrect. That is regardless of him being advised by McLaren on his group radio on the time: “Do not let him play foolish b*****s. He is received to control his delta, if he does not he’ll be in hassle. He is the lead automobile, he’ll get in hassle.”

Instructed by his group to not drive too slowly, Hamilton responded: “I do not know what you anticipate of me typically.” Had the FIA agreed Hamilton was within the incorrect, he would possibly’ve confronted a grid drop penalty for the race. However the FIA sided with him and agreed that he had left ample room for Norris to cross had he needed to.

F1’s governing physique defined in a press release: “The driving force [Hamilton], in proof, acknowledged that he did decelerate so as to endeavour to be handed by automobile 4, to realize a “tow’ on his quick lap, nonetheless automobile 4 clearly had the identical intent and determined to not cross him.

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid penalty after Lando Norris investigation

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan GP grid place penalty from FIA after investigation (Picture: MOTORSPORT TV)

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid penalty after Lando Norris investigation

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan GP grid place penalty from FIA after investigation (Picture: MOTORSPORT TV)

“Though automobile 44 was sluggish, the Stewards observe that for the lap the delta time was revered, the driving force pulled over to the left and off the racing line, this occurred on a straight the place visibility was not a problem and there was no potential hazard at any level, to another driver. The three automobiles on this portion of the observe on the time had been all on ‘out’ laps.”

Article 27.4 of the FIA sporting rules states: “At no time might a automobile be pushed unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a way which may very well be deemed probably harmful to different drivers or another particular person.” However neither Hamilton or Norris are adjudged to have damaged this rule and can preserve their unique beginning positions for Sunday’s race.

Hamilton begins P7 in his Mercedes with Norris down in P11 for McLaren. Earlier than being cleared, seven-time System One world champion Hamilton had advised journalists: “We’re one of many slowest automobiles on the straight so I wanted a tow. The rule is it’s important to be inside your delta time from the security automobile traces. I used to be inside my delta, I slowed down and pulled fully off-line to let different automobiles go by, however they didn’t wish to go by.

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Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan Grand Prix grid penalty after Lando Norris investigation

Lewis Hamilton avoids Azerbaijan GP grid place penalty from FIA after investigation (Picture: FIA/SKY SPORTS)

“[It’s an] Fascinating situation as a result of once we had been in Barcelona there have been automobiles that simply fully ignored the delta and drove ridiculously sluggish and one or two go penalised a reprimand, however they had been going manner manner manner slower they might have gained at the least 5 levels cooler tyres and that’s why they had been so fast.

“I bear in mind once they had been going sluggish, I went round them, however at the moment I used to be inside my delta, I used to be offline and it was secure. I don’t suppose it’s a downside. They’d a option to get by however they did not and I used to be in my delta.”

Equally Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff had stated: “I can not preempt what the stewards are going to say. I feel he was throughout the delta time. What which means, how the stewards are going to evaluate it, I do not know.”

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