Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been summoned before the stewards ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, after allegedly failing to follow a Race Director’s instructions in Turns 1, 2, and three in regards to rejoining the track.
Getting onto the throttle to start a flying lap during the first session of the weekend, the seven-time world champion seemed to lose control of the Mercedes with a trip along the grass at Turn 1, rejoining on the outside of Turn 2.
However, direct information from the Race Director to the driver states that: “Any driver who leaves the track on the left-hand side between Turns 1 and 2, or who passes to the left of the bollard on the apex of Turn 2, must re-join the track by driving to the left-hand side of the bollard at Turn 3.”
Hamilton will face the stewards at 12:45 local time after allegedly failing to adhere to the information, along with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.
It’s not the start Hamilton would have wanted to his weekend in Mexico, as he tries to claw back a 12-point deficit over main title rival Max Verstappen.
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Yet, despite an early setback with a trip to the stewards, Hamilton remained confident he wouldn’t be hit with another engine penalty this weekend.
Concerns were raised during the United States Grand Prix as Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to take another fresh engine, bringing his total to six across the season, three more than permitted by the FIA without a penalty.
The change triggered a five-place grid penalty for the Finn at the Circuit of Americas., meaning Bottas started in ninth place, despite qualifying fourth,
The Finn had already been hit with engine and power unit penalties twice this season in both Italy and Russia, after taking more engines than the allocated three.
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Hamilton found himself with a ten-place grid penalty due to an engine change in Turkey, with team principal Toto Wolff reporting of “unusual noises” coming from the seven-time world champion’s engine before the change.
And with five races remaining, and Hamilton’s main title rival leading the way by 12 points, Mercedes will be keen to not hand any advantage to Red Bull.
Speaking on Thursday during the Mexican Grand Prix press conference, Hamilton said: “I believe our engines are strong, and as far as I am aware we’re hopefully going to
“That’s not going to be an issue for us hopefully.”