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Hamilton reprimanded after Mexico practice infringement

Hamilton reprimanded after Mexico practice infringement

Hamilton reprimanded after Mexico practice infringement

Hamilton reprimanded after Mexico practice infringement

Lewis Hamilton has been reprimanded by the Mexico City Grand Prix stewards for an infraction during the first practice session.

The seven-time F1 champion was cautioned for failing to follow the pre-event notes issued by FIA race director Michael Masi. It is his first reprimand of the season.

At one stage early in the opening hour-long session, Hamilton found himself unable to sufficiently slow down his Mercedes on the approach to the first corner at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

It culminated in Hamilton being forced to take to the grassy run-off between turns one and two, returning to the track ahead of turn three.

Masi's notes, however, make clear that any driver taking such an excursion should rejoin the track by steering to the left of a bollard at turn three.

The stewards noted: "Car 44 [Hamilton] left the track on the left-hand side between turns two and two and re-joined the track between turns two and three, rather than re-joining by driving to the left-hand side of the bollard at turn three.

"Whilst noting the driver’s comments in relation to track conditions and his attempt to steer to the left after leaving the track, the stewards consider this to be a failure to follow the race director’s instruction given in article 21.1a) of the race director’s event notes."

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has also been reprimanded for the same offence during FP1.

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