‘They didn’t want to pass’: Lewis Hamilton defended himself against accusations after wanting to sanction him

'They didn't want to pass': Lewis Hamilton defended himself against accusations after wanting to sanction him

Lewis Hamilton he is far from the level he had last year. His car continues to give him problems and the rebound reaches an unsustainable limit. These situations lead the driver and the team to make decisions to improve their qualifying laps. For his strategy, Hamilton was nearly penalized, but he defended himself against the charges.

During qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton he was warned by the stewards of the International Automobile Federation for “unnecessarily slow driving”. The British driver assured that he was within the minimum speed limit allowed and that this was part of a strategy to generate draft and thus gain speed on his lap.

We are one of the slowest on the straight. So I needed a wake. The rule is you have to be in your delta time between the two safety car lines. I was inside my delta. I slowed down and disconnected, I was completely off the racing line, to let the other cars pass. But they didn’t want to pass“, ground Lewis Hamilton after finishing seventh in Q3.

Hamilton needs the W13 to stop giving him trouble.

The seven-time world champion recalled the Spanish Grand Prix, where many drivers were in the same situation, but well below the speed delta that must be respected. Moreover, he assured that at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya he was able to avoid the “ridiculously slow” drivers, without problems.

So that’s when you remember Barcelona, ​​there were single-seaters that completely ignored the delta and drove ridiculously slow. At that time, they were much, much, much slower. They must have gained at least five degrees of temperature in the tires. And that’s why they were so fast in their turns. But I remember when they were so slow I was dodging them so I had no problem“, explained the Mercedes broker.

The possible sanction of the FIA

Although Lewis was under investigation for the episode against Lando Norris in Q2, the FIA ​​has decided that he will not be penalized for tomorrow’s race. In any case, the driver who finished in seventh position was sure that he had not broken any rules of the Federation.

“But anyway, today I was not below my delta. Also, I was out of the way, it was not a dangerous or dangerous action. I don’t think I did anything bad thing. They had the opportunity to pass me, but they didn’t. I was inside my delta,” concluded the Briton.

A mistake at the start ruled him out of the Baku 2021 race.

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