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Hamilton demoted to seventh

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17/11/2019

Lewis Hamilton, who finished third in today's Brazilian Grand Prix, was subsequently demoted to seventh after being handed a time penalty for his clash with Alex Albon.

Having reviewed video evidence from multiple angles including on-board cameras, broadcast cameras and CCTV, the stewards deemed that Albon was on his normal race line. Hamilton attempted to pass on the inside, but was unable to get far enough inside to accomplish the overtake and by the time he realized there would not be sufficient room he was unable to back out of the situation and the collision followed.

Finding that Hamilton was predominantly at fault for the collision at Turn 10, the stewards therefore ordered a five second penalty.

With the field bunched up following the second safety car period, the 5s penalty was enough to drop the world champion from 3rd to 7th, thereby promoting Carlos Sainz to third, the Spaniard having started from the back of the grid.

In the moments after the race, Hamilton accepted blame for the clash.

"I massively apologise to Albon," he said, "I went for a move and the gap just closed. (It was) completely my fault. I took a lot of risks today, I gave it everything."

It's understood that a number of drivers are under investigation for using DRS under the yellow flags, and with Sainz believed to be one of them the final standings could see more changes.

Check out our Sunday gallery from Interlagos, here.

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1. Posted by Great_white_shark, 18/11/2019 20:23

"I cannot for the life of me understand how penalties are decided these days. At the beginning of the year they were sticklers applying the rules without exceptions then there was an outcry in Canada and since then they let the youngsters run wild and get away with anything. They said "its important to see hard racing!". Ok, so this wasn't hard racing? Wheel to wheel clashes is what you asked for, no? Or does that get trumped by the "we want a different winner at every race" philosophy? "

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2. Posted by aroutis, 18/11/2019 8:58

"Considering that Albon's race was ruined, 5 seconds penalty was just nothing. Definition of penalty that does not fit the crime."

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3. Posted by The stogie, 18/11/2019 1:11

"Ah, the stewards screw up another race. "

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