F1 top news

Vettel backs Hamilton over yellow flag controversy

Vettel backs Hamilton over yellow flag controversy

Vettel backs Hamilton over yellow flag controversy

Claims Lewis Hamilton triggered the late stewards investigation into teammate Nico Rosberg’s pole position have been played down.

Even after the reigning world champion won the Hungarian grand prix, it was clear tension between the two Mercedes drivers remained.

“Thank you very much,” Rosberg said in the FIA press conference, patting Hamilton on the back sarcastically. “Thank you for making that statement. Not I’m going to put my response.”

Hamilton had railed against Rosberg not being penalised for only ‘lifting’ on his fast lap through a yellow flag zone, setting a fastest sector in the process and securing pole.

Reports have suggested that before the stewards decided to investigate the matter, Hamilton personally visited race control.

But Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Briton did not even mention Rosberg’s name, and only wanted clarification on how yellow flag infractions will be policed in the future.

Fellow world champion Sebastian Vettel backed Hamilton, arguing that simply ‘lifting’ when stricken cars and potentially marshals are on the track is not enough.

“We are role models,” he is quoted by SID news agency.

“Next week at a go-kart race somewhere, the kids will probably think that because it’s ok in formula one, they don’t need to back off either.

“We must establish a clear rule,” the Ferrari driver insisted.

Loading...

Comments

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media

To Top