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 “completely in step with the overtaking information”, his Mercedes crew insisted Wednesday. Verstappen accused seven-time world champion Hamilton of being “harmful, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” following their collision at Silverstone on Sunday. Crimson 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 only eight.
“So far as we’re involved, the manoeuvre that passed off, the manoeuvre that Lewis did, was completely in step with the FIA’s overtaking information,” stated Mercedes technical chief James Allison.
Hamilton was penalised 10 seconds for the incident.
“Lewis positively was considerably alongside. He had his entrance axle effectively past the midpoint of Verstappen’s automotive,” added Allison.
“It requires you’re considerably alongside and it requires that you have to be capable to make the nook. By make the nook it means go not far away and never depart the observe or lose management of the automotive. These are the issues you’ll want to fulfill.
“In case you can go not far away, in case you are considerably alongside the opposite automotive then the nook is yours.”
He added: “I did really feel that it was harsh to get the penalty.
“That is about what are the foundations to do with overtaking and I did not see that Lewis did something unsuitable with respect to these guidelines.”
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