Lewis Hamilton to face stewards before Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying

Lewis Hamilton has a pre-qualifying appointment with the stewards over impeding and not respecting yellow flags during FP3 in Saudi Arabia.

The seven-time World Champion’s hearing takes place at 7pm local time, 4pm GMT, following several incidents which occurred during the final practice session at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Firstly, an official stewards’ notice declared that Hamilton had committed an “alleged breach” of the FIA International Sporting Code by “not respecting double waved yellow flags/lights at 17:22”.

New Document: Summons – Car 44 – alleged not respecting double yellows
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More drama was to come though in Hamilton’s session, with the Mercedes driver later getting in the way of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and also the Haas of Nikita Mazepin.

New Document: Summons – Car 44 – alleged impeding
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The slow-moving Hamilton would first force Gasly into the run-off at Turn 1, as Gasly approached the seven-time World Champion who appeared unsure of which way move, bamboozling Gasly who had no choice but to lift off and take evasive action.

That was not the end of it though, as further around the circuit Mazepin then encountered Hamilton sauntering along the racing line, forcing the Russian racer to swerve off the track as Hamilton suddenly appeared ahead around the blind bend.

Hamilton complained to his team of being unable to see the approaching drivers, criticising them for not keeping him informed.

 

The Haas radio meanwhile was also busy as they sought answers from race director Michael Masi, who said he would talk to Mercedes, and also the marshals who he said had not warned Hamilton or Mazepin of the impending situation.

Asked for his take on the incident by Haas, Masi replied: “Not great at all. I will deal with it directly with the team. I’ve also had a chat to them [marshals] here, because no flags of any form where shown through that sector.”

 

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