Hamilton will face no further action after slow driving investigation

Lewis Hamilton will face no further action after being investigated for driving too slowly and holding up Lando Norris in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix… after the Mercedes driver says ‘I should be able to drive the speed I want’ on out lap

  • Lewis Hamilton was summoned to the stewards at the end of Q2 in Azerbaijan
  • The Brit was investigated for driving ‘unnecessarily slowly’ on his out lap
  • He appeared to hold up McLaren duo Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
  • But no further action will be taken against Hamilton, who ended qualifying in P7
  • The seven-time champion said he wasn’t worried as he was within his delta time 

No further action will be taken against Lewis Hamilton after he was investigated for driving ‘unnecessarily slowly’ in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.   

The seven-time world champion was summoned to the stewards at the end of Q2 after appearing to hold up Lando Norris, who, along with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo just behind, decided not to pass him. 

Norris was told on the radio by his race engineer: ‘Don’t let him [Hamilton] play silly s***. He’s got to keep an eye on his delta, if he doesn’t he’ll be in trouble. He’s the lead car, he’ll get in trouble.’

Lewis Hamilton won’t be penalised after being investigated for driving ‘unnecessarily slowly’

An exasperated Hamilton, who finished P7, said ‘I don’t know what you expect of me sometimes’ when told by his Mercedes team not to drive too slowly. 

But FIA have released a statement to confirm that the 37-year-old will not face a penalty that could have bumped him down the standings. 

‘The stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris) and the team representatives, and examined video, radio communication and GPS evidence,’ the governing body said. 

‘The driver, in evidence, stated that he did slow down in order to endeavour to be passed by car 4, to achieve a ‘tow’ on his fast lap, however car 4 obviously had the same intent and decided not to pass him.

‘Although car 44 was slow, the Stewards note that for the lap the delta time was respected, the driver pulled over to the left and off the racing line, this occurred on a straight where visibility was not an issue and there was no potential danger at any point, to any other driver.’

Hamilton was summoned to the stewards after appearing to hold up McLaren’s Lando Norris

Norris’s race engineer told him that Hamilton will ‘get in trouble, don’t let him play silly s***’

It comes after Hamilton said that he was not worried about the investigation in his post-qualifying interview with Sky Sports.   

‘I don’t really have a concern,’ he said. ‘Firstly, I was offline, and you have to be within a delta time. I was within my delta time, so I wasn’t below that out-lap pace.

‘So, within that delta time, I should be able to drive the speed I want, and I was offline, so I wasn’t holding anyone up, but I was trying to get a tow, because we’re so slow in a straight line.

‘And the guys behind didn’t want to go by, so then I just went off and did my lap.’




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