Lewis Hamilton could face further punishment with FIA ‘revisiting’ Qatar Grand Prix incident
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Lewis Hamilton could face further punishment by Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, over an incident during the Qatar Grand Prix.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton crashed out of the Qatar Grand Prix after tangling with Mercedes teammate George Russell in the first lap.
After the race, Hamilton was punished by F1’s governing body, the FIA for walking across a live track.
The Brit was fined £43,350 - half of which is suspended for the remainder of the season.
However, Hamilton could now face further punishment with the FIA revisiting the incident.
A statement from FIA’s spokesperson said on Sunday: “The FIA is revisiting the incident in which Lewis Hamilton crossed a live track during the Qatar Grand Prix.
“The FIA notes that Lewis was apologetic during the subsequent stewards’ hearing into the incident and acknowledged that the crossing was a serious safety breach.”
It continued: “However, in view of his role model status, the FIA is concerned about the impression his actions may have created on younger drivers.”
According to a report from Sky, Hamilton will discuss the incident with the FIA during next week’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Speaking about his crash with Russell, Hamilton took full blame after the race.
He said: “I just feel really sorry to my team. It was an opportunity today to get some good points.
“In the heat of the moment, I didn't really understand what happened, I just obviously felt the tap from behind.”
Hamilton continued: “But I don't think George probably had anywhere to go and, yeah, it's just one of those really unfortunate situations.
“I mean, I'm happy to take responsibility as the older one.”
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