June 28, 2022

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Hamilton refutes Baku F1 hosts’ call for alleged slow driving

McLaren driver Lando Norris They were also summoned for a similar offence, with the stewards noting “allegedly a breach by Cars 44 and 4 of Article 33.4 of the FIA ​​Formula One Sports Regulations and failure to comply with a race director’s note; driving unnecessarily slow at 18:59”.

These notes state that “in order to ensure that cars do not drive unnecessarily slowly during all qualifying sessions or during survey sessions when the race pit exit is opened, drivers must stay below the maximum time set by the FIA ​​between safety car lines appearing on the lane map the pit “.

After qualifying in the Spanish Grand Prix, the hosts noted that there had been 55 such violations by 18 drivers, but the most serious offenders were Kevin Magnussen And the Mick Schumacherand both received a warning.

Speaking before his meeting with the stewards, Hamilton insisted he stayed in the delta and was also out of the racing streak.

“We’re some of the slowest on the straight,” he said when asked about the accident from Motorsport.com. “So you needed to pull. The rule is that within your delta time from the safety car you have to be one line to two lines.

“I was inside my delta. I slowed down and went online, completely offline, to let the other cars go. But they didn’t want to pass.”

“So the interesting scenario is when we were in Barcelona, ​​there were cars that completely ignored the Delta, and drove ridiculously slow. I think one or two of them got punished, like a reprimand.

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“But going as slow as they did, they were like the road and the way and the way slower. They would have gotten at least five degrees cooler than the tires.

“Which is why they were so fast. And I remember when they were going slow, I would go around them, so I had no problems.”

“But anyway, today I wasn’t lower than Delta. I was offline, it wasn’t unsafe.”

When asked if he thought he would avoid punishment, Hamilton said: “I don’t think it was wrong. They had a choice to go, they didn’t. I was inside my delta. So if I was under my delta, I might understand, but I wasn’t.”

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