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F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton survives penalty scare to keep pole

Lewis Hamilton has been handed a reprimand rather than losing his pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix after being caught reversing in pit-lane following F1 qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton has held on to his pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite a rules breach that could have seen stripped of his time.

The Briton was alleged to have broken Article 28.3 of the F1 regulations, which states that a car cannot be reversed in the pit-lane under it's own power at any time. Hamilton was believed to have done just that at the end of the qualifying session, having claimed pole position by just 0.077s from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Having been summoned to the stewards' office, the world champion was let off with a reprimand as 'no clear instruction was given on where he should park the car after qualifying'.

Hamilton will now start the Bahrain Grand Prix from his 51st career pole, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

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April 02, 2016 9:43 PM

Ah well another boring day at F!. And an even more boring one tomorrow with two Mercedes on the front row. I see that Ecclestone has said that the drivers have no power, a dictator would say that. Jean Todt head of the FIA also said he is running the show no matter what people say about the terrible new qualifying system. I'll give it 4-5 years before it collapses in a heap. Sponsors won't waste money a boring dead duck that nobody wants to waste they're money on watching, the fans that is.


April 02, 2016 7:59 PM

richard: any one else doing this would have been penalised! so lulu got away with two rule breaches today! if there are rules, they should be enforced, otherwise just scrap them.
They gave NO clear instructions on where to park after qualifying and he moved a mere 4 inches in reverse. Pathetic

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