Through the first quarter-hour of FP1 on Friday morning, Hamilton ran straight on when braking for Flip 1, noting over the radio that he “could not decelerate there” as various drivers struggled within the dusty circumstances.
Hamilton rejoined the observe between Flip 2 and Flip 3, that means he didn’t adhere to race director Michael Masi’s pre-weekend instruction that drivers should observe the escape path to the left-hand aspect of the circuit.
“Any driver who leaves the observe on the left-hand aspect between Turns 1 and a pair of, or who passes to the left of the bollard on the apex of Flip 2, should re-join the observe by driving to the left-hand aspect of the bollard at Flip 3,” reads the instruction.
Because of this, Hamilton was summoned by the stewards and investigated for the observe limits breach, with the listening to leading to a driving reprimand being handed to the seven-time world champion.
“Automobile 44 left the observe on the left hand-side between Turns 1 and a pair of and re-joined the observe between Turns 2 and three, moderately than re-joining by driving to the left-hand aspect of the bollard at Flip 3,” reads the FIA bulletin.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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“While noting the motive force’s feedback in relation to trace circumstances and his try to steer to the left after leaving the observe, the Stewards take into account this to be a failure to observe the Race Director’s instruction given in article 21.1a) of the Race Director’s Occasion Notes.”
It’s Hamilton’s first driving reprimand of the season, that means it would don’t have any materials bearing on his race weekend. Drivers who rack up three reprimands over a season obtain a 10-place grid penalty.
Hamilton was not the one driver to obtain a reprimand for a observe limits breach in opening apply on Friday.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen made the identical breach as Hamilton later within the session, rejoining the observe earlier than Flip 2 as a substitute of sticking to the left-hand aspect of the bollard, that means he landed the identical sanction.