Lewis Hamilton’s controversial first-lap transfer on world championship rival Max Verstappen on the British Grand Prix was “completely according to the overtaking information”, his Mercedes staff insisted Wednesday.
Verstappen accused seven-time world champion Hamilton of being “harmful, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” following their collision at Silverstone on Sunday.
Red 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.
“As far as we’re involved, the manoeuvre that occurred, the manoeuvre that Lewis did, was completely according to the FIA’s overtaking information,” mentioned Mercedes technical chief James Allison.
Hamilton was penalised 10 seconds for the incident.
“Lewis undoubtedly was considerably alongside. He had his entrance axle effectively past the midpoint of Verstappen’s automotive,” added Allison.
“It requires you might be considerably alongside and it requires that you need to be capable to make the nook. By make the nook it means go not far away and never depart the monitor or lose management of the automotive. Those are the issues you must fulfill.
“If you possibly 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.
“This is about what are the foundations to do with overtaking and I didn’t see that Lewis did something incorrect with respect to these guidelines.”
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