Lewis Hamilton has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Canadian Grand Prix race stewards group – which this weekend includes former Champion Emerson Fittipaldi – after pulling to the side of the circuit on his slow-down lap under instruction from his team.
It is thought that the McLaren was close to running out of fuel, and the team needed to submit a sample for post-qualifying inspection.
Hamilton killed his Mercedes-Benz engine, but kept the car limping into the pit lane as he sat atop the cockpit and celebrated breaking Red Bull’s stranglehold of pole position this season. When the car slowed to a crawl, he got put and pushed it along the pit lane.
Stewards deemed that the 2008 World Champion had exceeded the acceptable time allowance to return to the pits after qualifying.