Seven drivers are under investigation by the stewards for allegedly driving too slowly after Lewis Hamilton drove onto the grass to avoid other cars in final practice.
The Mercedes driver put two wheels on the grass at speed approaching the Parabolica as he overtook Latifi and Grosjean, who were running side-by-side at the time.
Hamilton appeared to be the only one of the eight drivers who was not in the process of preparing to start a flying lap. He had performed a practice start at the pit lane entrance and, following the near-miss, returned to the pits to perform another.
He did not make any remark indicating the drivers ahead had interfered with an attempt to start a lap time. Before he overtook them, Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington told him: “So it looks like all these cars will be starting laps.”
Hamilton overtook George Russell and Kevin Magnussen before he went off the track while passing Latifi and Grosjean. He then passed Perez in the final corner.
Russell saw the incident unfold ahead of him. “Oh my word!” he exclaimed. “What on earth happened there?”
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