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POLL: Did Lewis Hamilton get the right penalty?

Lewis Hamilton lost pole position in Spain after running short on fuel on his in-lap during qualifying - but was he treated too harshly by the race stewards?
If there's trouble and controversy in F1 involving the race stewards, Lewis Hamilton never seems far away from the epicentre! This time he got into hot water after the McLaren pit crew put too little fuel into his car for his final run in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, a definite breach of the rules. Some form of punishment was surely inevitable?

Many were expecting his fastest Q3 time to be deleted, which would have dropped him back five positions on the starting grid at the Circuit de Catalunya. Others thought that the stewards might make an example of him and delete all his Q3 times and dump him back to tenth place on the grid. Few were expecting the race stewards to exclude all his times from qualifying altogether and demote him to the back row of the grid.

Did the race stewards get it right, or were they too harsh? Or perhaps they were even too lenient? Having deleted his times, maybe they shouldn't have given him special dispensation to start the race in Barcelona at all?

We think it's time for Crash.net readers to decide!

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westy - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 12:02 PM

well obviously not ... why not a 5grid penalty... all the way to the back takes the p*&s!! looking on the bright side of things hamilton will have a very good race starting 24th and dont use all think that the way he is taking all the problems maclaren are giving him this year very well he hasn't moaned half as much as jenson this year got to give hamilton credit for his calmness in all this .. maby 5th or higher would be great from todays race podiuym would be special but as he said "pedal to the metal i have nothing to lose". :)



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