Hamilton was called up for two separate incidents that occurred during Practice 3 for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, leading to an audience with the stewards at 19:00 local time in Jeddah.
The first citation concerned an alleged violation of the obligation to reduce speed in the event of a double yellow flag 20 minutes into the session, and the second came for obstructing Nikita Mazepin.
Hamilton spent about 15 minutes with the stewards, who confirmed shortly before qualifying began that the Mercedes driver had been cleared of the yellow flag infraction.
“The race director informed the stewards that the double yellow flag warning in the FIA control system was activated on the illuminated panel number 6 accidentally, for less than a second,” says the FIA statement.
“As the on-board video of car 44 clearly shows (which will be published by the commercial rights holder following this decision), there was no yellow flag displayed, no yellow lights were shown to that driver and the yellow warning light was not displayed. it was visible on the pilot’s steering wheel. “
Later, with qualifying underway, a statement came from the stewards where it was reported that Hamilton received a reprimand – the second for him this season – and Mercedes was fined 25,000 euros for the incident with Mazepin.
“The driver received a 10-second warning that Car 9 (Mazepin) was approaching when he was in Turn 2. Due to a communication failure by the team, he was not given another warning until Car 9 was at his side, “the statement said.
“The stewards accept that this circuit presents challenges for drivers in relation to the use of their mirrors as a method of determining the approach of approaching cars. Although it is the ultimate responsibility of the driver to avoid blocking, on this circuit the driver must depend on the team to communicate efficiently. This did not occur in this case and therefore the penalty is imposed on the Competitor. “
“The stewards take this opportunity to emphasize that due to the nature of this circuit, it is essential that teams communicate effectively and proactively with their drivers. This should not be taken as a precedent for other circuits,” the stewards concluded.