FIA race director Charlie Whiting has explained that Lewis Hamilton avoided an investigation for a potential block on Williams' Sergey Sirotkin in Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying predominantly because both drivers were on out laps at the time of the incident.
Sirotkin had to swerve on the grass to avoid a slower-moving Hamilton during Q2 at Interlagos.
Hamilton had been backed up by his teammate Valtteri bottas ahead, but Sirotkin did not slow down to maintain the order – something Hamilton initially described as "disrespectful" before retracting his comments later.
The Mercedes man put his car on pole and faced an anxious wait to see if he would keep the position, but was able to celebrate his 82nd pole position after stewards decided the matter was not worth a second look.
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