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Hamilton explains block on Raikkonen as penalty looms

Hamilton explains block on Raikkonen as penalty looms

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Hamilton explains block on Raikkonen as penalty looms

Hamilton explains block on Raikkonen as penalty looms

Lewis Hamilton says he made concerted attempts not to block Kimi Raikkonen in Austria Grand Prix qualifying, as a potential penalty hangs over his head.

Hamilton qualified second-fastest at the Red Bull Ring, but could take a three-place penalty if stewards deem him to have blocked Raikkonen in Q1.

Both drivers made it through the segment, although Carlos Sainz was punished for blocking Alex Albon in Canada – and both went through on the occasion too.

Hamilton pointed a cautious finger of fault towards his team, claiming he had not been made aware that Raikkonen was approaching on a flying lap.

Asked for his observations on the matter, Hamilton said: "I saw one of the teams' cars came by and I was braking for the hairpin, Turn 3, and I saw the other one coming.

"So I just got off the brakes and tried to go straight on to try and get out the way, because I didn't want to meet them in the corner.

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"So it wasn't ideal and I wasn't aware that car was coming, so… not the easiest."

Raikkonen said Hamilton's actions were baffling to him, although in the heat of the moment he was angered enough to aim a one-fingered salute towards the Mercedes.

He told Sky Sports: "I've seen enough of the stewards lately! I don't know why he didn’t slow down or let me pass. He kind of slowed down and sped up and went over the racing line."

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