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Hamilton under investigation for blocking

The pole-sitter got in the way of Haas' Romain Grosjean during qualifying

British Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is under investigation for blocking the Haas of Romain Grosjean during qualifying.

The British driver took a popular pole position for Sunday’s race at Silverstone, but ended the session under investigation.

Driving in front of Haas’ Romain Grosjean towards the end of Q2, the French driver felt he had been balked by the Mercedes while on a flying lap, losing 0.3 seconds according to the team’s info to him.

The FIA are investigating the incident. If found guilty, the usual penalty for such a transgression would be a grid drop; a penalty that would not prove popular with the home crowd.

Speaking after the incident, Hamilton wasn’t sure whether he had done anything wrong, and apologised if he had:

“I need to watch the replay of it. I went to start my lap, and Valtteri was up ahead of me, so I backed off to get some space. Behind me was a Force India, which then came in, and I had no-one behind me. I looked in the mirror, and saw no-one around. Then I looked again and there was a car. If I blocked someone, I apologise. I got no indication from the team there was someone around. I think I just got away without blocking him, but I don’t think he was that close.”

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