& # 39; Bull **** … where is that in the rulebook? & # 39 ;: Lewis Hamilton rages F1 bosses & # 39; try & # 39; stop him & # 39; after TWO five-second penalties cost him the chance to hit Michael Schumacher's record
- Lewis Hamilton started outside the designated zone twice before the race
- The Mercedes driver received a penalty of five seconds for each offense
- Hamilton was in the lead but dropped to third place
- It means he's missing the first chance to hit Michael Schumacher's record
- He also risks a future racing ban after having scored 10 penalty points as a result
- After the race, Hamilton said, "You're trying to stop me, aren't you?"
Lewis Hamilton's hopes of Michael Schumacher's race win record were put on hold when he finished third at the Russian Grand Prix after a ten-second penalty.
The British driver, who started from pole position, was examined before the start of the race after completing two training starts outside the designated zone.
Hamilton completed his two training starts further down the pit exit than he was allowed to. As a result, he lost the lead and has to wait for his 91st career win.
Lewis Hamilton missed his first opportunity to match Michael Schumacher's 91 wins
Hamilton was examined before the start for two violations of the practice start
It meant that Hamilton, who was in the lead, was given two five-second penalties
In addition to two five-second penalties, Hamilton received one penalty point for each violation, giving him a total of ten penalties.
Should Hamilton receive two more penalty points at the Turkish Grand Prix, the 35-year-old could even be banned from racing.
Hamilton was dissatisfied with the decision that left him behind the eventual race winner Valterri Bottas and Red Bulls Max Verstappen.
After the race, Hamilton said: “I'm pretty sure no one has received two five-second penalties for something so ridiculous before. I wouldn't put anyone in danger. I've done this on a million tracks over the years and was never asked about it, but it is what it is. & # 39;
When asked if the penalty points were too high, he added, “Of course it is. But it is to be expected.
“You're trying to stop me, aren't you? But it's okay, I just have to keep my head down and focus and we'll see what happens. & # 39;
Repetitions showed that Hamilton was doing a practice start way down at the pit exit, which resulted in several drivers crossing the white line as they accelerated out of the pit.
In the event notes of the race director for the Russian Grand Prix in accordance with Article 19, it is stated that training starts may only be carried out on the right-hand side after the traffic lights at the pit exit.
19.2 states that, for safety and sporting reasons, cars are not allowed to stop in the fast lane at any time if the pit lane is open for no legitimate reason.
When he found out about the penalty, he asked his race engineer: "What happened, what happened?"
Lewis Hamilton lost places to Valterri Bottas and Max Verstappen and took third place
After explaining why he received the sentence, he added, "Bull ****, where is that in the rulebook?"
Hamilton kept his lead at the start, but fell back to eleventh place after his pit stop – although none of them were in the pits before him.
He complained to his team that it pitted him earlier than he would have liked.
Hamilton said, “You stopped me so early, I have to do it (the tires). I'll fight to make it to the end & # 39;
When Hamilton found out about Verstappen's lately, he replied to his race engineer: "I don't want any more information, Bono, it doesn't matter."
After the race, when asked if he pitted too early against his will, Hamilton said, “The plan was to stop this lap. I was just trying to get as far as I could.
“I just knew the time had come to ride this tire (hard compound) and I think I did pretty well on the soft. We will discuss this and find out. I just have to make sure I don't put myself in that position again. & # 39;
Hamilton will have to wait until the Eiffel GP to hit Michael Schumacher's record
Valterri Bottas closed the gap to Hamilton in the overall standings to 45 points after his victory
Hamilton received two penalty points for collisions with Alex Albon from Red Bull at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and Austria 2020.
He also received two points for violating the yellow flag in qualifying at this year's Austrian Grand Prix.
At the Italian Grand Prix, he received two penalty points for entering the pits when the pit lane closed after Charles LeClerc fell, which also cost him a possible win.
His two penalty points mean he now has four races to avoid any kind of infringement before the two points from Brazil are removed from his list last season.
The lack of Schumacher's record not only meant that Hamilton's championship lead fell to 45 points over teammate Bottas.
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