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F1 Belgian GP: Mercedes considered deliberate Hamilton reprimand

Mercedes considered a deliberate reprimand for Lewis Hamilton to get that potential penalty out of the way, but decided it could backfire.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed Mercedes did consider taking a deliberate penalty-inducing reprimand on top of his multiple engine changes but considered it too much of a risk in terms of legality.

Hamilton will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after three pre-planned engine changes notched up 55 positions worth of grid penalties, Mercedes doing so in an effort to limit the likelihood of more penalising power unit swaps later in the season.

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However, Hamilton is also just one reprimand from a penalty after indiscretions in Bahrain and Russia, prompting Mercedes to consider deliberately taking another hit to compound his penalties without any physical disadvantage.

Despite this, Hamilton says the 'grey area' about whether such a move would be frowned upon by the FIA and lead to additional sanctions meant the idea was dropped.

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“Of course we thought about that,” he admitted. “But firstly that would mean doing something illegal in terms of the rules and unsafe, which is against the rules as well deliberately, and that is not how we play at all.

“Perhaps if we had done that they would have said 'well you've already got a 55-place penalty here, so we'll give you the ten at the next race'. So it's not a very smart idea.”

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richard

August 28, 2016 11:24 AM

this is ridiculous! even monty python couldnt have thought that one up ! deliberately take a penalty when it was totally ineffectual, and have the slate wiped clean ???? no wonder the sport is in such a state with devious actions such as this being mooted by a team

mrfill

August 28, 2016 10:43 AM

Oh well done Mercedes! How terribly clever. Its about as reasonable as getting a team mate to deliberately crash to bring out the safety car. But then Merc are only Johnny come latelies to F1 and have now developed Briatore Syndrome.



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