Three videos shot by F1 fans at yesterday’s Mexican Grand Prix provide new angles on three controversial incidents at the first corner.
Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton cut across the corner after locking a wheel, prompting rivals including Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg to question why he wasn’t investigated for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Hamilton explained why he left the track at the start. “The right front brake disc had glazed on the formation lap and I couldn’t un-glaze it,” he said.
“I thought it might be OK but when I hit the brakes it just locked up as the temperature came up and I went flying across the grass. I was lucky to get across and rejoin on the other side of the track.”
Hamilton said he was concerned about whether he would be able to contined after locking up his front-right tyre. “I had a big flat spot – and I mean seriously big,” he said. “I could barely see the end of each straight with the vibrations and I genuinely didn’t know if my suspension was going to last.”
The other Mercedes also missed turn two as Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen clashed in the first corner. The stewards cleared both drivers over this incident.
Further back in the pack Pascal Wehrlein’s race came to an early end after a three-way tangle with Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson. Again the stewards investigated but took no action after ruling no driver was principally to blame.