Lewis Hamilton: “Every driver except for Max was asking for clarity”

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Toto Wolff warns that the FIA’s decision not to penalise Max Verstappen has opened the door for “dirtier driving”, while Lewis Hamilton demands clear and consistent rules.

After Qatar Grand Prix Qualifying Lewis Hamilton was asked if the rules of engagement on the track are clear now, considering that Max Verstappen did not get penalised for running him off the track at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

“No, it’s not clear,” the Briton said.

“Every driver I think except for Max was asking for clarity. Most drivers were asking for clarity but it wasn’t very clear.

“It’s still not clear what the limits of the track are. It’s clearly not the white line anymore when overtaking. We will just go for it…

“We just ask for consistency so if it’s the same for the last race then that should be the same for all of us in those certain scenarios and then it’s fine,” Hamilton concluded.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff thinks the doors have now been opened for drivers to drive dirty without any sanctions.


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“I think it’s a very surprising outcome, because irrelevant of how Brazil has been judged, I think that is water under the bridge,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“In my opinion, what it says is you can just launch yourself into a corner and drag the other car out of line. And that obviously can lead to quite some dirtier driving going forward.

“We don’t want to have a messy situation tomorrow, in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, because that would be really bad.”

Wolff says all drivers are surprised by the FIA’s decision not to penalise Verstappen, and demand these issues to be cleared up.

“I think all the drivers that spoke up said that it was a decision that was also surprising to them.

“Obviously you need to adapt your driving style to the new situation, but it’s still surprising for everybody that’s in the car and for us too,” the Austrian concluded.

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