Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn gave advice to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after their mistakes at the Russian Grand Prix. After the driver had trained starting in prohibited places, both the team and Hamilton were punished. The driver had a ten-second penalty, which was served in the pits before the pit stop, while Mercedes was fined 25,000 euros (about R $ 165,000). In an article published on the category’s official website, Brawn gave his opinion on the case.
“Personally, I would go away, lick my wounds and think about how I could prevent such incidents again in the future,” said Brawn.
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Ross Brawn evaluates the necessary ceiling to remain competitive in F1 – Photo: Getty Images
– Bad luck and mistakes happen, it’s how you respond to that that matters. It is easy to think that the world is against you, but there is almost always something you could have done differently and can learn – declared the director.
The penalty would be, initially, only for the British pilot, but the flight attendants identified on the radio evidence that the team that guided him to break the protocols. For Hamilton, the punishment almost lost two points on the license, but the FIA reversed.
Lewis Hamilton no GP da Rússia de 2020 — Foto: Maxim Shemetov – Pool/Getty Images
The final decision is that Lewis keeps the eight infraction points he has in his “wallet”, which leaves the driver further from a possible punishment that could prevent him from participating in a GP. But if you accumulate four more points in the super license for the next three races, you can still be out.
Hamilton saw team-mate Valtteri Bottas win the GP. The championship leader criticized the way he was warned.
“I think we are going to examine the regulation and choose areas where they can create rules, areas where penalties have never been applied before,” criticized Hamilton.
Hamilton complains about 10-second punishment radio at Russian GP
– We have spent several seasons without penalties, so I just have to make sure that I am not going to give any reason, not even a sneeze to be able to do anything – said the pilot.
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Despite the mishaps of the Russian GP, the Briton continues to lead the championship with 44 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 77 points by Max Verstappen. At the GP the Eifel, at the Nürburgring, Hamilton will again have the chance to match Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins. The race will take place in two weeks, on October 11th.