British Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has been cleared of any wrong-doing after an investigation into him allegedly blocking Haas’ Romain Grosjean in 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.
Hours after the incident, the FIA announced that no further action would be taken against Hamilton, with the official finding being that: “The Stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while GRO may potentially have been affected by the presence of HAM at Turn 16, he was not impeded.”
Grosjean was unhappy with the steward’s decision, saying: “I was surprised by the wording. That ‘I was not impeded’. If losing 3 and a half to 4 tenths in one corner is not impeding, what would be? This opens up room for messing in qualifying, and the rules are clear. I know there’s a title battle going on, but we are in a position where we fight as hard as the guys up front. I was impeded today and, maybe if it was another driver, there would have been a different sanction. It does feel like there are two types of decision….”