Hamilton not changing his stance on Vettel penalty

11-06-2019 08:22
by Joseph Tyrrell
Hamilton not changing his stance on Vettel penalty

Lewis Hamilton has insisted he will not change his stance on Sebastian Vettel’s penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Brit feeling it was the right call from the stewards.

The drama unfolded on lap 48 of the race in Montreal when Vettel, leading at the time ran onto the grass at turn four before re-entering the track. His re-entry was adjudged to have been dangerous with Hamilton almost forced into the wall. The German was subsequently handed a five-second penalty costing him his first win of the season.

In the heated aftermath, he moved the P1 sign from Hamilton’s car to the empty gap where his car could’ve been if it weren’t for the penalty.

Despite also admitting he would’ve done the same if he was in the German’s position Hamilton stood by his opinion.

"My opinion has not changed," Hamilton told Motorsport.

“With respect to the rules, if it had followed we would have crashed, one way or another, It was not going to end well, there was danger and if I had not stopped, we would have crashed, it blocked me, unfortunately it got off the track and that's how the rules are written.”

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