Lewis Hamilton receives penalty points for Perez collision

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In addition to receiving a five-second penalty for his collision with Sergio Perez at the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Race, Lewis Hamilton also received penalty points on his licence.

At the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Race, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez collided while Lewis was attempting to overtake the Mexican driver. The collision damaged Perez’s car, which led to him having to retire his car a bit later.

The stewards immediately investigated the incident and decided that Lewis was predominantly at fault. For this he was handed him a five-second penalty. This dropped him from P4, where he originally finished, to P7.

The general opinion, expressed afterwards by many pundits and observers, is that the collision was a racing incident, and did not deserve a penalty.

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The same opinion was expressed by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Lewis himself.

However, the story does not end here, as the stewards also decided to penalise Lewis with two penalty points on his licence.

These points expire after 12 months and, thankfully, before this incident Lewis had a clean racing licence, so he will not face any immediate consequences.

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