Mercedes realised the stewards ‘were not going to like’ Lewis Hamilton’s practice starts, but only after they saw his second getaway.
The Russian Grand Prix stewards met with Lewis Hamilton and his team after the race before deciding to cancel the penalty points they originally gave him for his practice starts violation.
The stewards have cancelled the two penalty points Lewis Hamilton was given for his practice start violations in the Russian Grand Prix and fined his team instead.
Lewis Hamilton says he will study the regulations carefully following his double penalty in Sochi to ensure the stewards can’t “create rules” to give him a one-race ban.
Alexander Albon finished almost a lap down in Sochi, a track which team principal Christian Horner said “accentuates” his handling problems.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff strongly disagrees with Lewis Hamilton’s Russian Grand Prix penalties but says the team will not appeal against them.
Two drivers have been given penalties for violating track limits at turn two during the race, while a third was cleared.
Valtteri Bottas explained why he repeated a familiar post-race radio message at critics of his after the Russian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton denied putting anyone at risk with his practice starts at Sochi, and said “they are trying to stop me” after the stewards gave him two penalties in the Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas says he missed his braking point at the start of the Russian Grand Prix because he was distracted by a “massive bee”.