Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton gets a reprimand for not following the correct racing-line when rejoining the track following his off in Turn Two in qualifying Q1.
After first runs in Q1, the Brit under investigation by Stewards for not following instructions on Turn 2, Race Director’s notes issued on Thursday.
“Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn Two by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the red and white kerb element of the apex, will be reported to the stewards if he is suspected of having gained an advantage from doing so.”
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, heard from the driver and team representative, examined video evidence, have considered the following matter, and determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
No / Driver – 44 – Lewis Hamilton
Competitor – Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Time – 15:08
Session – Qualifying
Fact – Car 44 left the track at turn 2 and contrary to the Race Director’s Note no 7.1 (doc6), did not keep to the left of the red and white polystyrene block in the run off area.
Offence – Breach of Article 12.1.1.i of the FIA International Sporting Code.
Decision – Reprimand (This is the driver’s 2nd reprimand of the current season)
Reason – The driver failed to keep to the left of the red and white polystyrene block in the run off area.
Hamilton was previously reprimanded for reversing in the pitlane during Sakhir qualifying for Bahrain Grand Prix.