Lewis Hamilton was given two penalty points for his collision with Alexander Albon, after stewards ruled he was “predominatntly toblame” for the collision which knocked the Red Bull driver out of points contention.
“The stewards reviewed video evidence showing that cars 23 [Albon] and 44 [Hamilton] were side by side approaching the apex of turn four,” the stewards noted. “They negotiated the turn side by side, but car 23 had a better exit and was in the process of passing car 44.
“Car 44 was drafting to the outside at the exit of turn four and consequently making contact with the rear right wheel of car 23, causing car 23 to spin. The stewards determined that the driver of car 44 is predominantly to blame for the collision.”
Albon said the incident was more clearly a penalty than his collision with Hamilton in Brazil last year.
“I feel like this one, I wouldn’t say it hurts more, but I felt like Brazil was a bit more 50-50,” Albon said.
“This one, I felt like I did the move already and I was kind of already focussed on Bottas. It was so late, the contact. There’s always the risk of overtaking on the outside but I gave him as much space as I really could.
“I mean, I was right on the edge. I knew as long as I give him all the space I can give him. It’s up to him if he wants to crash or not.”
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