Lewis Hamilton says Italian GP finish “brings memories back” of Abu Dhabi

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Lewis Hamilton says Safety Car rules were applied correctly at the Italian Grand Prix, so “only one time in the history of the sport” the FIA didn’t follow SC rules.

The Italian Grand Prix finished behind the Safety Car, with Max Verstappen in P1. Contrary to what happened at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this time the FIA followed the full Safety Car procedure, which means all lapped cars had to be allowed to unlap themselves, and the race could then be restarted only after one additional lap under the Safety Car.

Since the FIA determined there are not enough laps to do the full procedure, the race ended under the SC. At Abu Dhabi these rules were broken by the race director, who only allowed lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves, and restarted the race immediately on the following lap.

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This, of course, led to Verstappen overtaking Hamilton on the last lap, on fresh tyres, winning the race and the 2021 championship in the process.

After the Italian GP, Lewis Hamilton said the SC finish did bring back memories of Abu Dhabi, and acknowledged that he rules have been followed this time, as opposed to last year.

“It always brings memories back,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“That is the rule that it should be, right? So only one time, in the history of the sport, that they haven’t done the rule,” Hamilton concluded.

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