Video: Hamilton faces investigation over Vettel crash

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Fuji Speedway, 2007 | Daimler ChryslerThe 2007 world championship has taken another controversial twist as Lewis Hamilton faces a possible punishment for his driving in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Amateur video of the crash between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber has led to an investigation into Lewis Hamilton’s driving in the run-up to the crash.

The video shows Hamilton closing up on the safety car then slowing down and moving to the right moments before the crash that eliminated the Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers. See the video below.

In the safety car period that followed Sebastian Vettel hit Mark Webber, putting both out. Leader Hamilton said afterwards that he had radioed the pits asking that Webber be told to give him more space after fearing a collision.

This video shows Hamilton moving to the right and slowing down just before the crash. Vettel, who will be moved back ten places on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix as a punishment for his role in the crash, admitted he was busy watching Hamilton when he hit Webber.

But Webber said Hamilton’s driving contributed to the crash: “It definitely contributed to Sebastian hitting me up the back because he [Hamilton] wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be doing, clearly.”

After the race Hamilton said: “When we were behind the second safety car, I was constantly on the radio to my engineers to tell the Red Bull team to get Mark [Webber] to make a little more of a gap because I couldn’t go any faster because the pace car was in front of me, so I was trying to keep the distance with him and then I’d move over because I couldn’t see Mark and then he’d just appear alongside me, so he kept out-braking himself.

“I felt something was going to happen, and I guess my instincts told me right.”

Hamilton has a 12-point lead over Fernando Alonso and 17 points over Kimi Raikkonen with 20 points left to be won over the final two races. (Thanks to Sidepodcast for the video tip).

More videos from the Japanese Grand Prix:Fernando Alonso looked set to claim pole position in qualifying but a last-gasp lap from Lewis Hamilton pipped the Spaniard by 0.07s. (Apologies for the music – nothing to do with me).

Ferrari got plenty of pit stop practice in after they sent their drivers onto the soaked circuit on intermediate tyres. The team later claimed they had not received an order from the stewards instructing all teams to start on extreme wet tyres.

Hamilton won the Grand Prix but Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica stole the show with this thrilling tussle in sight of the chequered flag.

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69 comments on Video: Hamilton faces investigation over Vettel crash

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  1. waglaz said on 5th October 2007, 12:50

    I wonder if there is some wacko who has made a YouTube video screaming: “Leave Brittney… er Lewis alone! Boo Hoo!” LOL

    Lets face it. McLaren are dodgy and so is Ron Dennis.

    Lewis hasn’t won the title yet. And even if he has… its only one.

  2. oliver said on 5th October 2007, 13:26

    It may interest you to know that, Rosberg is called Brittney in F1

  3. No penalty for Lewis Hamilton

  4. another lewis fan said on 5th October 2007, 13:36

    just been on news hamilton is not to receive a penalty after japan too right he never did anything wrong in first place.I wish everyone would just give a break
    GOOD LUCK IN CHINA LEWIS!

  5. hahaha

    FIA: mclaren driver will face no penalty!

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!!!!!!

    GO HAMILTON!

  6. oliver said on 5th October 2007, 13:54

    Yes Hamilton has been cleared

  7. At lastb some sense – but the whingers – are they ex schumacher fans?? – will still harp on – watch this space – good luck hamilton

  8. Stefan Alsenmyr said on 5th October 2007, 22:22

    I can not see for my life what Hamilton is doing wrong. His driving to the right minding his own bussines. No sudden moves what so ever. Webber notices he is on the way of passing the leader and breaks. Vettel is thinking of something else except racing in the wets and slams into Webber. There was plenty of space for Vettel to pass in between the two others. Vettels misstake 100%

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