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Hamilton avoids penalty for 'impeding' Rosberg

23 June 2012


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:

Fact

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'.

Decision

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.

Reason

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.”


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