Lewis Hamilton’s penalty points canceled by Russian GP stewards

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Two five-second penalties for transgressions early in pre-race practice destroy Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to tie Michael Schumacher’s winning record

Two five-second penalties for transgressions early in pre-race practice destroy Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to tie Michael Schumacher’s winning record

The penalty points that had pushed Lewis Hamilton close to a Formula 1 racing ban were overturned by the stewards of the Russian GP.

In a revised verdict regarding the two time penalties imposed on Hamilton in Sochi for doing pre-race practice in the wrong place, the stewards said they had received post-race clarification from Mercedes that it was they who had been at fault and not the driver.

“The stewards received information from the team that the driver of car 44 had been given a team instruction to start practice in the wrong place,” reads a revised statement from the stewards.

“This was confirmed by the stewards after listening to the audio between the team and the driver.

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Lewis Hamilton claimed authorities were trying to prevent him from winning the Russian Grand Prix after receiving two five-second penalties in Sochi.

Lewis Hamilton claimed authorities were trying to prevent him from winning the Russian Grand Prix after receiving two five-second penalties in Sochi.

“On the basis of this information, the Stewards replace document 47 with this decision and therefore remove the penalty points imposed. ”

The single point for each offense had taken Hamilton to 10 points in the past 12 months – just two points from an automatic one-race suspension.

It is now down to eight superlicence points, four away from a ban. Hamilton doesn’t lose any points until November 17, two days after the Turkish GP in four races.

More soon…

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