Hamilton keeps pole after investigation

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after being cleared by stewards following an investigation into an alleged blocking incident in qualifying.

An investigation was launched after Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean claimed he had been impeded by the three-time world champion during the final stages of Q3 at Silverstone.

Grosjean felt the incident at Club corner cost him three tenths of a second which would have helped him to ninth position.

Stewards deemed Hamilton failed to seriously impede the Haas F1 driver.

“The Stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while Grosjean may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at Turn 16, he was not impeded,” read a statement from the FIA.

Prior to the stewards’ decision, Hamilton had already apologised to Grosjean and claimed he had received no warning from his Mercedes team over the radio that the Haas driver was approaching him.

“I was coming around to start my lap, Valtteri (Bottas) up ahead, I was trying to get the space,” said Hamilton.

“Behind me was one of the Force Indias, who then came in, so there was no one behind me.

“Literally as I was about to get on the gas I looked in the mirror and saw a car, and I tried to get going.

“I don’t know if I got in the way, if I did I apologise.

“I had no indication from the team that anyone was coming. I need to look at the footage.

“I don’t think he was that close when I pulled away, but I will have a look.”

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