Lewis Hamilton on why the stewards removed his penalty points

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At the Russian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton received two five-second penalties and two penalty points on his super licence, but the points were later removed.

The penalties were awarded for two infringements made during pre-race practice starts. The two penalty points brought Hamilton’s tally of ten, just two shy of a race ban.

However after a post-race talk with Hamilton and Mercedes, the stewards decided to remove the points. At the Eifel Grand Prix press conference the Briton was asked what made the stewards change their decision.

“Naturally, everything that happens in that room is supposed to be private, so I can’t tell you what was said,” said the Briton.

“I’m sure you can ask them why they changed their minds.

“But I can imagine they had so much going on at the beginning of the race with the start, with the incidents at the beginning, they cast the decision pretty quick with, I think not [with] 100 percent clarity.

“So after re-looking at it, they realised that was not entirely correct. So they changed it.”

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