Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident

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LEWIS HAMILTON is being investigated by the stewards after Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident

Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident (Picture: SKY SPORTS)

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Lewis Hamilton is being investigated by the stewards on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for driving unnecessarily slowly throughout qualifying however insists he isn’t involved. Mercedes’ Hamilton appeared to carry up McLaren’s Lando Norris, whose team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was simply behind, and is being seemed into for going too slowly in opposition to a goal time.

Norris was instructed on the radio on the finish of Q2: “Do not let him play foolish s***. He is obtained to keep watch over his delta, if he does not he’ll be in bother. He is the lead automotive, he’ll get in bother.”

When instructed he wanted to hurry up, Hamilton instructed the Mercedes pitwall: “I do not know what you anticipate me from typically.” The FIA then confirmed the Briton could be being investigated as soon as qualifying was over.

However the seven-time world champion, who completed P8 in qualifying however might be bumped additional down the order if he is penalised, instructed Sky Sports activities F1 after the session: “I do not actually have a priority. Firstly I used to be off-line and you must be inside a delta time and I used to be inside my delta time.

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Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident

Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident (Picture: MOTORSPORT TV)

Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident

Lewis Hamilton reacts to Azerbaijan Grand Prix investigation after Lando Norris incident (Picture: MOTORSPORT TV)

“I wasn’t beneath that out-lap tempo so inside the delta time so I ought to be capable of drive on the velocity I need. And I used to be off line, so I wasn’t holding everybody up. I used to be attempting to get a tow as a result of we’re so sluggish within the straight strains. The fellows behind did not wish to go by so I simply went off and did my lap.”

Group principal Toto Wolff stated: “I can not preempt what the stewards are going to say. I believe he was inside the delta time. What meaning, how the stewards are going to evaluate it, I do not know.”

Hamilton added of Mercedes’ lack of tempo: “I am not shocked [we were over a second off pole]. It was the identical in Monaco. It is the identical.” But he added: “There’s heaps to look ahead. It is a difficult and chaotic race, there’s heaps that may occur. We’re within the high 10.

“It was a extremely troublesome qualifying session as a result of we’re continuously pushing, we now have a really, very small window with the automotive. The whole lot we strive does not give us what we wish. We’re making a number of adjustments however we at all times come out with the identical conclusion which is most frequently bouncing, which loses us quite a lot of efficiency.

“After which all of the efficiency is while you get the automotive low. We simply say, ‘We’ll take a beating with our backs and necks and get the automotive as little as doable to get efficiency.’ I went decrease and it is bouncing a bit bit greater than the opposite automotive.

“However we’re nonetheless there, we’re simply very sluggish on the straights. It may be a wrestle tomorrow within the race however we’ll give it every little thing and I hope possibly we’ll have higher race tempo, who is aware of.”

Charles Leclerc secured pole place in Baku and can entrance the grid for the fourth successive race. The Monaco driver has not received any of the final three races nonetheless. Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen begin second and third within the Purple Bulls with the opposite Ferrari of Carlos Sainz fourth.

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