Hamilton claims FIA making an attempt to cease him with penalty factors
Lewis Hamilton claims the FIA is “making an attempt to cease me” by handing him penalty factors as he nears a one-race ban after the Russian Grand Prix.
Two separate follow begin infringements forward of the race at Sochi earned Hamilton a five-second time penalty and one penalty level for every, limiting him to 3rd place within the race. Extra notably, it leaves Hamilton on 10 penalty factors for the 12-month interval, and with 4 races the place two extra would end in him choosing up a one-race ban.
“After all it’s (too harsh), and it’s to be anticipated,” Hamilton stated. “They’re making an attempt to cease me.
“It’s ridiculous, the factors they’ve been giving individuals this yr usually. Penalty factors normally are for … I don’t need anybody to talk on my behalf, however from a driver viewpoint, in case you put somebody at risk, crash into any person, after all try to be getting penalty factors.
“I didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t put anyone in hurt’s approach, so in the end it’s a ridiculous rule, however it’s what it’s. I’ll simply be sure that I’m squeaky clear transferring forwards, don’t give them an excuse for something.”
Hamilton did test along with his group earlier than choosing the place to follow his begins from, however says he was additionally assured there could be no problem as he commonly tries to keep away from the same old follow begin space.
“Typically, in case you take a look at most likely each race that I’ve accomplished this yr at the least, I all the time begin additional down. By no means ever had an issue — accomplished it for years. Right here I haven’t accomplished that earlier than, I might say, but it surely says it’s important to be on the best after the lights, it doesn’t say how far. And so typically I don’t prefer to be on the rubber, the place everybody has accomplished their (begins), so it’s not consultant of what it’s like on the grid. I prefer to be on the floor that doesn’t have any rubber.
“I would like to return and see what the foundations are, what precisely I did mistaken. I’m fairly certain nobody has ever acquired two five-second penalties for one thing so ridiculous earlier than. I didn’t put anybody at risk — I’ve accomplished this at one million tracks over time and by no means been questioned over it. However it’s what it’s.”
Hamilton says he’ll now try to work out the place else he may fall foul of rules with a possible ban so shut.
“I suppose we’ll undergo the rule guide and select areas the place they will create guidelines, areas the place penalties have by no means been given earlier than and we’ll work out all those they’ve and check out and ensure we cowl ourselves on those we’re conscious of.
“Like I stated, at the moment I don’t assume anybody’s had the penalty for that earlier than. We’ll simply work laborious. I’ve gone by means of seasons earlier than with out penalties so I’ll simply have to ensure I give no purpose, not even a sniff, to have the ability to do one thing.”