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Hamilton penalised for Albon spin

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Monday 18th November, 2019 - 9:32am

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Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his third place finish in the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix after picking up a post-race time penalty.

The Mercedes driver clashed with Alex Albon on the penultimate lap of the race, pitching the Red Bull driver into a spin that demoted him to 15th.

Hamilton fell to third as Pierre Gasly snuck through and held off the Brit, who had recovered from the moment, to claim his maiden F1 podium.

Investigated post race, stewards handed Hamilton a five-second penalty which demoted him seventh in the final wash-up, behind Daniel Ricciardo.

Their decision was reached based on television footage, including CCTV.

“Car 44 (Hamilton) attempted to pass on the inside but was unable to get far enough inside to accomplish the overtake and by the time he realised there would not be sufficient room he was unable to back out of the situation and the collision followed,” the stewards’ decision read.

“The Stewards determined that Car 44 predominantly at fault for the collision with Car 23 at Turn 10 and therefore ordered a five-second penalty.”

Speaking after the race, Hamilton acknowledged the incident, and accepted the blame for his part in it.

“I massively apologise to Albon,” he said

“I went for a move that, the gap was kind of there, but obviously it closed right at the end. Completely my fault.”

Hamilton’s penalty promotes Sainz and McLaren onto the podium, the former’s first F1 podium and McLaren’s first since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 next moves to Abu Dhabi for the season finale on November 29-December 1.

Race results: Brazilian Grand Prix Updated

Pos Num Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 71 1:33:14.678
2 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 71 +6.077
3 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 71 +8.896
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 71 +9.452
5 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 71 +10.201
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 71 +10.541
7 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +11.139
8 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 71 +11.204
9 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 71 +11.529
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 71 +11.931
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 71 +12.732
12 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 71 +13.599
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 71 +14.247
14 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 71 +14.927
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 71 +18.059
16 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 70 +1 lap
17 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 65 DNF
18 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 65 DNF
19 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 65 DNF
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 51 DNF

Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas

Drivers’ championship Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Lewis Hamilton 387
2 Valtteri Bottas 314
3 Max Verstappen 260
4 Charles Leclerc 249
5 Sebastian Vettel 230
6 Pierre Gasly 95
7 Carlos Sainz 95
8 Alexander Albon 84
9 Daniel Ricciardo 54
10 Sergio Perez 46
11 Lando Norris 45
12 Kimi Räikkönen 43
13 Nico Hulkenberg 37
14 Daniil Kvyat 35
15 Lance Stroll 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 20
17 Antonio Giovinazzi 14
18 Romain Grosjean 8
19 Robert Kubica 1
20 George Russell 0

Constructors’ championship Updated

Pos Team Pts
1 Mercedes 701
2 Ferrari 479
3 Red Bull Racing Honda 391
4 McLaren Renault 140
5 Renault 91
6 Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 83
7 Racing Point BWT Mercedes 67
8 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 57
9 Haas Ferrari 28
10 Williams Mercedes 1

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