'Hamilton deserved penalty for Verstappen incident'
Lewis Hamilton ought to have been punished for his practice incident with Max Verstappen at Paul Ricard, according to Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko. Although Marko holds the personal belief that Hamilton did not deserve to be punished, he says a precedent was set by Sebastian Vettel's penalty in Canada a fortnight ago.
Hamilton caught a big slide into Turn three during Friday's second practice section, wiping out a bollard and coming to a rest just off the track. As he came back onto the circuit, Verstappen had to take evasive action on a flying lap, eventually going wide himself.
The stewards said that the incident did not warrant a penalty, with both drivers seemingly agreeing the situation was not unduly dangerous.
However, with Vettel having lost victory in Canada, to Hamilton, as a result of a similar incident a fortnight prior – a decision which was only confirmed on Friday in France – Marko believes inconsistency is at play.
"Max thought Hamilton had not seen him, so he went wide to be sure. He also didn't complain about Hamilton's action," Marko told Austrian television before the decision was announced.
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