Hamilton receives penalty points for Verstappen crash

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Lewis Hamilton has received two penalty points on his superlicence for his crash with Max Verstappen. The FIA explains why he was blamed for the incident.

The crash happened on the opening lap of the race at the Copse corner. Lewis received a 10-second penalty in the race and post-race he was additionally penalised with two points on his superlicence.

Although Hamilton doesn’t believe he was to blame for the incident, the FIA ruled otherwise. In the document that explains their decision, the stewards said the Briton could have done more to avoid the crash.


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“The Stewards reviewed video and telemetry evidence,” the stewards said.

“Cars 33 [Verstappen] and 44 [Hamilton] entered turn 9 with Car 33 in the lead and Car 44 slightly behind and on the inside.

“Car 44 was on a line that did not reach the apex of the corner, with room available to the inside.

“When Car 33 turned into the corner, Car 44 did not avoid contact and the left front of Car 44 contacted the right rear of Car 33. Car 44 is judged predominantly at fault.”

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