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Hamilton avoids penalty

Stewards rule in Lewis Hamilton's favour, throw out allegations that he slowed unnecessarily in the last corner during the final part of Q3

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has been cleared of slowing unnecessarily between turns 21 and 25 during qualifying for the European Grand Prix.

Hamilton was summoned to appear before the stewards after Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg complained he had been unfairly held up by the Englishman during the top-ten shootout [see separate story - HERE]. The stewards, however, felt there was no case to answer and took no further action.

The full statement issued by the officials read:


It was alleged that Car 4 Lewis Hamilton did not comply with the instructions of the Race Director, namely 'cars should not be driven unnecessarily slowly between turns 21 and 25'.


The Stewards, having heard from both drivers and the team representatives, examined the video, audio and GPS evidence and telemetry data, decide to take no further action.


1. The sector time for Car 4 was actually faster than a time set previously in that same sector by Car 8 Nico Rosberg, which is an indication that Car 4 was not being driven unnecessarily slowly between turns 21 and 25.

2. The smallest gap between Car 4 and Car 8 was 18 metres and 1.1 seconds.

The FIA Stewards of the Meeting

Garry Connelly
Paolo Longoni
Mika Salo
Manuel Vidal.”

Related Pictures

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23.06.2012- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
23.06.2012- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
23.06.2012- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
23.06.2012- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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jose - Unregistered

June 23, 2012 7:09 PM

Taipan, You again, well I disagree with every post posted by guess who? Willing to bet that ruling didn't go the way you wished.. Really what I think you need is a self destruct button. May I offer you Brooklyn Bridge? Badman, Jose

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