By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lewis Hamilton won the Emirates Grand Prix of German on Sunday at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. He won the race by more than a minute over Valtteri Bottas, who came in second place.
According to a report in Motorsport, his win is now in question. Hamilton, according to the report, has been summoned to “see the stewards over a potential breach of the rules for crossing the pit entry line.”
Hamilton reportedly cut across the pit entry line during a safety car period on lap 52. If he is found guilty of the violation, he will face a time penalty.
As a result, Hamilton will drop down in the racing order. That would mean that Bottas would be considered the winner.
According to FIA International Sporting Code, Appendix L, Chapter 4, Article 4 d, it states, “Except in cases of force majeure [accepted as such by the stewards], the crossing, in any direction, of the line separating the pit entry and the track by a car entering the pit lane is prohibited.”
Hamilton said that the late decision to go back onto the track was prompted, as he wanted to do the opposite of what then-race leader Kimi Räikkönen was doing.
“It was so confusing,” Hamilton admitted. “We came around Turn 16, and Kimi started turning in, they had asked me to box, and I said Kimi is pitting. Then they said ‘stay out.’ I was already in the lane and then I started turning out to go over the grass. Then they said no, ‘stay in, but I was already back on the track.
“The reason I mention it is that there are times when you do the opposite to the car in front and I felt this was a chance to do the opposite to Kimi and gain ground on the road. That is why I questioned it and ultimately it turned out to be the right thing. But it was so intense and really confusing — because they were all panicking on the pit wall and I was probably the only relaxed one.”
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