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Hamilton’s German GP victory under threat

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Lewis Hamilton’s German Grand Prix victory is under investigation following the race stewards at Hockenheim summoned him over a possible rule-break of the FIA International Sporting Code while crossing the line between pit entry and the race track.

Latest updates – Confirmed: A reprimand for Hamilton. He remains the victor of the German Grand Prix.

Such a movement is in breach of Appendix L Chapter IV Article(d) of the FIA International Sporting Code, which bans a driver crossing “the line separating the pit entry and the track”.

The stewards are investigating whether he breached Appendix L, Chapter IV, Article 4(d) of the FIA International Sporting Code adds: “Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards), the crossing, in any direction, of the line separating the pit entry and the track by a car entering the pit lane is prohibited.”

Sky F1 reporting: Speaking in the post-race press conference Hamilton said regarding this investigation

“I started turning in, then they asked me to box and then I said ‘Kimi is pitting’ and then they said ‘Stay out’ and I was already in the lane! So I started turning out and trying to go over the grass and then they said ‘no, stay in!’ and I was already back on track!

“The reason I was mentioning it was because there were times when you do the opposite to the car in front and I really felt that this was a chance to do the opposite to Kimi and gain ground on the road. So that’s why I questioned it an ultimately it turned out to be the right thing.

“But it was so intense! It was really confusing because they were all panicking on the pit wall, I was probably the only relaxed one! They were shouting ‘yes, no, come in, don’t come in’. It was exciting! It’s cool to see how much they care and to see them on the edge of their seats.”

Hamilton launching from 14th on the grid to take a spectacular triumph throughout a dry-wet dramatic race, regaining the lead of the driver title as his nearest rival and home hero Sebastian Vettel crashed out of the race.

Hamilton elected to stay out with fresh Ultra-soft tyres during a final phase Safety Car period following the Vette’s crash, but bailed out of pitting at the last possible moment, crossing the grass to re-join the start-finish straight. The Brit finished 4.535s ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the final standings.

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