Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children
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Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards for the second time this weekend after an alleged breach of his “use of safety belts”. The alleged breach happened as Hamilton was seen waving to the crowds on his cool down lap after winning the Brazillian Grand Prix while collected the Brazillian flag.
After a superb performance to beat his main title rival Max Verstappen, the clasp of Hamilton’s seatbelt appeared visible from onboard footage as the car was still moving, so he could receive the flag as he made his way to parc ferme.
Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson reported that he saw Mercedes Sporting Director Ron Meadows, who was to be the representative from the team to see the stewards, who believed the team would just be hit with a fine.
It’s the second time this weekend Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards after being thrown out of qualifying after Friday’s session due to a rear wing infringement.
A post-session technical check into the Mercedes rear wing showed the DRS was found to be opening the wing more than the permitted distance, with Hamilton stripped of his fastest time in Brazil and was forced to start the sprint race from the back of the grid.
Max Verstappen’s ‘FIFA points’ to take a hit after huge punishment
The stewards have been busy across the weekend after video footage appeared on Friday of Red Bull’s Verstappen touching the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes when it was under strict parc ferme conditions.
Verstappen was then hit with a hefty £42,500 (€50,000) fine ahead of the sprint race for breaching parc ferme rules, yet the Dutchman was able to see the funny side of it.
He said: “It’s quite a big fine, so I hope they have a nice dinner and a lot of wine. I hope good expensive wine, that would be nice. They can invite me for dinner as well. I’ll pay for that dinner too.”
Hamilton pulled off a superb win at Interlagos after another fierce battle with Verstappen during the latter few laps of the race.
Hamilton, who qualified P5 but started P10 due to an engine change ahead of the weekend, carved his way through the field to take the fight to Verstappen.
During the second pit stop stint, Hamilton found himself side-by-side Verstappen on lap 48, on fresher tyres than the Dutchman, battling for the lead.
The pair went wheel-to-wheel into Turn 4, with the seven-time world champion on the outside of the track as Verstappen looked to keep control of the race.
But Hamilton seemed to be pushed wide, as Verstappen held on a few laps longer in front.
The incident was deemed a racing incident by the stewards and was not worthy of an investigation.
Hamilton, who was left frustrated by the decision, continued his pursuit on Verstappen before eventually taking the lead on lap 54.
It means the 36-year-old cut Verstappen’s lead to just 14 points heading into the final three races.
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