UPDATE:Lewis Hamilton loses his first Q3 lap time for track limit breach but retains fastest lap. No further action warranted on alleged yellow flag breach - MORE HERE

Lewis Hamilton could find his front row start for the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix under threat after he was called to the stewards for both allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags in Q3 and a track limits breach.

Hamilton was in the hunt for pole position against his Mercedes counterpart Valtteri Bottas when his team-mate ran off track and spun on the exit of turn five.

Prompting yellow flags to be shown, though Hamilton was unable to get the better of Bottas by the end of the lap he did improve his time - just 0.012secs adrift of his team-mate - which could well see him in hot water with the stewards.

The notice says Hamilton has been called to the stewards for ‘allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags between turns five and seven (marshalling sectors 9 and 10) at 15.59, alleged breach of Appendix Art. 2.5.5.1.b.

In addition, stewards are also looking at whether he also breached track limits at turn ten.

Directly after the session Hamilton said he hadn’t seen yellow flags and didn’t feel the incident prevented him from getting the better of Bottas.

“Valtteri did a fantastic job today with his lap, it’s amazing, I did not expect to have that sort of gap. We thought we were definitely quick enough to be fighting for the lead but there were different showings of the other teams sometimes quick, sometimes a bit further behind, so that’s the true showing of our car and we plan to improve that.”

Hamilton’s punishments if found guilty could see him lose his best lap time – which would leave him second – or potentially suffer a grid penalty of between three and five positions.

 

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