JUST-IN: FIA punishment for Lewis Hamilton ‘not enough’ as Brit fortunate in penalty row

JUST-IN: FIA punishment for Lewis Hamilton ‘not enough’ as Brit fortunate in penalty row

Lewis Hamilton received “inadequate” punishment from the FIA for the penalty row.

According to former F1 team manager Paul Stoddart, Lewis Hamilton ought to have received a drive-through penalty for the collision he had with Oscar Piastri at Monza.
Toward the end of the Italian Grand Prix, Piastri and Hamilton were battling it out for eighth when they collided.

Both drivers were forced to take the alternative route, with Piastri suffering the most because he had to stop in the pits for a new front wing.
The Australian was unable to finish inside the points because of that, effectively ruining his race.

Following the collision, Hamilton was assessed a five-second penalty by the race officials, who held the British driver accountable.
However, the Mercedes driver was able to go on and finished sixth, so the penalty had no bearing on his final standing.

Following the conclusion of the race, Hamilton immediately apologized to Piastri after exiting his own vehicle. Stoddart thinks the FIA should have been stricter in punishing Hamilton more severely even though Piastri accepted his apology.

He said in an interview with RacingNews365 that Lewis Hamilton’s punishment for running into Oscar Piastri “was not enough.”.
“It ought to have been a drive-through in such a circumstance where it was so obvious.

“Choosing the appropriate punishment while in the stewards’ room is very challenging.
The five-second penalties have been applied fairly consistently, but there are occasions when they are insufficient when compared to the other driver’s race, and this was one of them.


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