Lewis Hamilton has been given two penalty points on his super licence following his opening lap colision with Max Verstappen.
The stewards held Hamilton responsible for the collision, handing him a 10-second time penalty, which he served at his pit stop. Hamilton was able to catch and pass leader Charles Leclerc in the closing laps to take victory and close Verstappen’s championship lead to eight points.
“Cars 33 [Verstappen] and 44 [Hamilton] entered turn 9 [Copse] with Car 33 in the lead and Car 44 slightly behind and on the inside,” described the stewards in their judgement.
“Car 44 was on a line that did not reach the apex of the corner, with room available to the inside. When Car 33 turned into the corner, Car 44 did not avoid contact and the left front of Car 44 contacted the right rear of Car 33. Car 44 is judged predominantly at fault.”
The two penalty points issued by the stewards bring Hamilton to a total of four points over the last 12 months. Any driver who reaches a total of 12 points on their super license in a 12 month period will receive a race ban.
Verstappen was evaluated in the Silverstone medical centre following the accident and was later transferred to a local hospital for further examination.
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