F1 » Hamilton, Vettel escape penalty for pit battle

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel get slapped wrists, but nothing more, from Chinese GP stewards after banging wheels in pit-lane.

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sokudo - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:32 AM

both of them should have had grid penalties imo. hamilton for actually sticking alongside vettel when vettel by all rights had got ahead in the pits and vettel for squeezing hamilton out of the pit lane. 5 position drop should have been the penalty i think

Jagworth - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:33 AM

what is wrong with F1 officials? Hamilton's driving was dangerous FULL STOP. Vettel also deserves sanction for his equally dangerous creep over, but Hamilton was the aggressor from before entry to pit lane. It stinks - both should have been penalised.

Magician - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:33 AM

Gazza01 - not spineless, but showing commonsense for once. Vettel didn't 'push Hamilton so far right'. You can't punish 'what if's ?', there would be no end to it. There was nobody in that part of the pitlane so there was nobody to endanger, that's whay everyone stays in the garage when not actually doing anything, not just standing around waiting to get run over. Motor racing would die, as nobody would be able to do anything because the 'what if someone got hurt ?' attutide would take over and we would all be watching bloody snooker. Why do you watch motor sport if you don't want any excitement from it ?

Martin - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:35 AM

The right decision by the stewards. It was not the drivers or the mechanics fault, if you see a slow mo version of the pitstops that shows both pit boxes.
Both drivers came in at the same time and were realised within a fraction of a second of each other.

Martin - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:39 AM

I agree bizbub there seem to be a number of so called 'fans' who watch the races through tinted spectacles. When we have drivers racing and competing they are called dangerous. Then the same bigot's sit there whining the races are boring.

neo - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:40 AM

Hamilton truly deserved his points in the race, i would be disappointed had his points/position stripped off.

What happened was unnecessary and Hamilton should have backed off and settled the score on track.

Jumping jack Alonso drove well too after receiving a drive through for his jump start antics.

Mark Weber and Schumacher should quit at the end of this season and give their seats to someone young with talent to take on the current leaders.

seth - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 8:05 AM

The right decision, nothing really in it.

Hamilton certainly had Vettels measure in the race...no one cuts through the field like Hamilton...
just needs to learn when to play it cool.


April 19, 2010 8:12 AM

Vettel on track 1st, why does it sound as if he should have yielded to Hamilton, it was close but his nose was in front which means he was ahead, which means that Hamilton must yield because he put all the peoples lives at risk. If this was Schumacher 3 years ago, he would have been crucified by his opponents supporters.
Vettel did push but he was defending his position within the 2 white lines coming in and going out. Hamilton's car position in the pits is making the rules grey again as suppose to black and white. :rolleyes:

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