Lewis Hamilton received the British Grand Prix on Sunday.© AFP
Lewis Hamilton’s controversial first-lap transfer on world championship rival Max Verstappen on the British Grand Prix was “completely in keeping with the overtaking information”, his Mercedes staff insisted Wednesday. Verstappen accused seven-time world champion Hamilton of being “dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” following their collision at Silverstone on Sunday. Red Bull’s Verstappen needed to retire from the race whereas Hamilton went on to win, slashing the Dutchman’s lead within the championship from 33 factors to only eight.
“As far as we’re involved, the manoeuvre that happened, the manoeuvre that Lewis did, was completely in keeping with the FIA’s overtaking information,” stated Mercedes technical chief James Allison.
Hamilton was punished 10 seconds for the incident.
“Lewis positively was considerably. He had his entrance axle nicely past the midpoint of Verstappen’s automotive,” added Allison.
“It requires you might be considerably and it requires that you will need to be capable of make the nook. By make the nook it means go not far away and never depart the monitor or lose management of the automotive. Those are the issues you must fulfill .
“If you may go not far away, in case you are considerably alongside the opposite automotive then the nook is yours.”
He added: “I did really feel that it was harsh to get the penalty.
“This is about what are the principles to do with overtaking and I did not see that Lewis did something improper with respect to these guidelines.”
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