Hamilton accepted responsibility for the incident and apologised to Russell. However, the FIA revisited the incident later, scrutinising his actions for walking across the track, and cited Hamilton's 'role model status' as reason for doing so.
Chandhok highlights double standards
And now Chandhok, a former F1 driver turned Sky Sports F1 pundit, has stated that it is strange that there appeared to be a disparity in the treatment of Max Verstappen and Williams rookie Logan Sargeant compared to that of Hamilton – both of whom were involved in similar incidents but escaped without any penalties.
“Not saying this should be condoned but I’m sure Lewis isn’t the first person to do this," Chandhok wrote on social media. "Didn’t [Logan] Sargeant cross the track just at the previous event in Japan?
"Bit odd to talk about precedent when other people have done it before. Max [Verstappen] at Monza 2021 is another example I think."
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