Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the Stewards office in regards to an unsafe release at the beginning of FP3.
Hamilton, who was about to take to the track for the first time today, left his garage and impeded Romain Grosjean, forcing the Haas driver to stop in the middle of pit lane.
There are two possible outcomes for Hamilton now should he be found guilty by the Stewards. The first would see him receive a grid penalty for not being attentive enough when exiting the garage.
The other, and the more lenient punishment, would be to give the world champion a reprimand. While a reprimand is the lesser punishment of the two, Hamilton currently has two reprimands this season and a third would see him drop 10 places on the grid from wherever he qualifies.
While the teams are usually the ones who receive a fine as it can be the fault of the pit crew leading the driver out into traffic, it’s also up to the driver to be alert and aware of his surroundings.
in relation to Hamilton’s incident in FP3, last year Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat received a reprimand at the Belgian Grand Prix as he was found to not being paying enough attention whilst leaving the garage.
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