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Hamilton in danger of grid penalty in Austria

Hamilton in danger of grid penalty in Austria



Hamilton in danger of grid penalty in Austria

Hamilton in danger of grid penalty in Austria

Six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is under investigation by the Austrian Grand Prix stewards on two counts following qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

Hamilton, who finished 0.012secs behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the end of a dominant qualifying performance from Mercedes, faces a potential grid penalty for the season opener.

Hamilton has been summoned to see the stewards to answer a charge of failing to slow for yellow flags shown following Bottas' off-track moment at turn four during their second runs in Q3. The Briton improved by a tenth of a second on that lap.

The 35-year-old will also be asked about breaching track limits at turn 10 on that lap.

With regard to the yellow flags, Hamilton confirmed in the post-qualifying press conference he was unaware of them. "Not that I saw, no," he said.

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"I came round the corner, I got on the power and I thought that Valtteri perhaps had just gone wide and come back on the track further up the road.

"I was looking out for the gravel on the track and for a car on the track, but there was nothing there so I continued.

"Then I saw, as I was going into, I think it was to turn 6, that Valtteri was much further to the left. It happened pretty quick and [there was] a pretty big puff of dust."

Hamilton may find his lap time deleted for breaching track limits, while there is a possibility of a three-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags, as was handed to Max Verstappen during last year's Mexican Grand Prix.

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