The stewards spoke to both drivers and reviewed video of the incident before deciding not to penalise Hamilton. “The drivers agreed that the situation was not particularly dangerous and did not give Verstappen a lasting disadvantage in this practice session,” they noted.
“Both drivers agreed that the limited rear visibility and the angle of car 44 made it difficult for Hamilton to see the approaching car and agreed that Hamilton re-joined slowly. The stewards could observe from the on-board video that Hamilton looked in his mirrors at least twice before attempting to re-join the circuit.”
The decision follows the stewards’ ruling earlier today not to permit a review of the penalty which cost Sebastian Vettel victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was also investigated for rejoining the track in an unsafe fashion, in front of Hamilton, and was given a five-second time penalty.
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