Lewis Hamilton gained the British Grand Prix on Sunday.© AFP
Lewis Hamilton’s controversial first-lap transfer on world championship rival Max Verstappen on the British Grand Prix was “absolutely in line with the overtaking guide”, his Mercedes crew insisted Wednesday. Verstappen accused seven-time world champion Hamilton of being “dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” following their collision at Silverstone on Sunday. Red Bull’s Verstappen needed to retire from the race whereas Hamilton went on to win, slashing the Dutchman’s lead within the championship from 33 factors to simply eight.
“As far as we are concerned, the manoeuvre that took place, the manoeuvre that Lewis did, was absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guide,” mentioned Mercedes technical chief James Allison.
Hamilton was penalised 10 seconds for the incident.
“Lewis definitely was substantially alongside. He had his front axle well beyond the midpoint of Verstappen’s car,” added Allison.
“It requires you are substantially alongside and it requires that you must be able to make the corner. By make the corner it means go round the corner and not leave the track or lose control of the car. Those are the things you need to satisfy.
“If you possibly can go not far away, if you’re considerably alongside the opposite automotive then the nook is yours.”
He added: “I did really feel that it was harsh to get the penalty.
“This is about what are the rules to do with overtaking and I didn’t see that Lewis did anything wrong with respect to those rules.”
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