Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on Sunday.© AFP
At the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s nice first-round debate in the first round of the world at the British Grand Prix “fully matches the overtaking guide,” his Mercedes team stressed on Wednesday. Verstappen accused Hamilton of being a seven-time world champion after he was accused of being “dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” after Sunday’s clash at Silverston. Red Bull’s Verstappen had to retire from the race while Hamilton won, with the Dutch winning just eight of 33 points in the Championship.
“As far as we’re concerned, the maneuver that took place, the maneuver that Lewis did was completely in line with the FIA’s advance guide,” said James Allison, Mercedes’s chief technical officer.
Hamilton was fined 10 seconds for the incident.
“Lewis was definitely right next door. The front axle was far beyond the center of Verstappen’s car,” Allison added.
“It basically requires you to be next to it and you have to be able to make a corner. Putting it in the corner has to turn the corner and not let you lose control of the track or the car. Those are the things you need. Satisfy.
“If you can turn the corner, if you’re next to the other car, it’s yours.”
He added: “I felt the sentence was harsh.
“This is what the rules are related to overtaking and I didn’t see Lewis doing anything wrong with those rules.”
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