Hamilton waits for penalty decision after blasting 'disrespectful' Sirotkin

Saturday, 10 november 2018, 13:44 , by Matthew Scott

Lewis Hamilton pointed the finger at Sergey Sirotkin over the incident which threatened to strip the Mercedes man of his 10th pole of 2018 at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton was quickest of all at Interlagos, but faced an anxious wait to see if Stewards would summon him over an incident that forced Sirotkin to take evasive action on the grass.

Hamilton was not the only driver with post-quali nerves – Sebastian Vettel could lose P2 after he destroyed the FIA's weighbridge in his impatience during Q2.

The incident came in the same session that Sirotkin almost rear-ended Hamilton. At first glance it had appeared Sirotkin was on a flying lap, however it was later confirmed that the Williams man was not on a timed effort, which changed Hamilton's outlook on the matter.

"Everyone was on an out-lap," said Hamilton. "Me, Sergey and everyone in front of me.

"Valtteri [Bottas] was ahead of me and he was backing off to get his gap so I had to back off. I was making sure I had the gap but then all of a sudden I saw a car coming at high speed and I was like: 'Oh my God. Is that someone coming on a lap?'

"So I went left, but he was going left. But he wasn't on a lap, so I don't know what his thinking was.

"We all know to keep a gap. It was a disrespectful move. I was trying to get out of his way and then he got to the corner and slowed up.

"It was kind of strange. It was completely unnecessary because behind him there was a bit of a space so ultimately his lap and my lap weren't great so hopefully he can learn from it."

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Comments (12)

  • Michael Petrashko
    Lewis is full of it being righteous. If this was Max it would be a big argument with team bosses involved. How about the incident with Kimi “I did not know which side he was going on”......easy, the racing line (what a hypocrite). Fact is he and Sirotkin had something going on from an earlier incident while he assumes Sirotkin is on an outlap, is he so sure, the guy is going full speed. It was an obvious payback move using bad judgment and now posturing (disrespected???!!! WTF, stupid move that can’t be explained but since it’s Sirotkin just take a ridiculous stand).
  • Rab Ferrier
    Hamilton pulls out in front of a car coming at speed, n its not his fault, hmmm i guess if he ever has a kid he will have other people to blame there too
  • Leigh Kevin Booth
    I love all the Hamilton haters ??? I’m sure he cares about everyone calling him a joke sitting on 5 world titles and billions in the bank
  • Steven Miller
    Never, not once, did it cross my mind that Sirotkin wasn't on an out lap until it was confirmed after Q2. Lewis must have been stunned.
  • Andy Evans
    Don’t be a twat Lewis. He’d have shit a brick of someone had done it to him He’s entitled to go the speed he wants to to set up his lap.
  • Jonathon Bellamy
    It was the end of an out-lap and Sorotkin didn't need to overtake it was silly.
  • Hayat Khan
    One or two on here need to educate themselves on the rules of F1.
  • Gabriel Piller
    PENALTY FOR SIROTKIN!!!!
  • Lionel Carl M
    This guy is a fuckin joke
  • Marco Vinicio
    Fk this guy.
  • Andrew Jackman
    The FLOG just keeps on giving

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