Update: The stewards have given Hamilton and Vettel reprimands and no penalties have been applied.
The results of the Chinese Grand Prix may change as the stewards consider whether to take action against McLaren for an incident in the pits.
Lewis Hamilton was released alongside Sebastian Vettel during their pit stop – a move which could earn him a time penalty.
The pair even went into the pits side-by-side as Vettel moved alongside Hamilton on the way to the pit lane.
Replays suggest the cars were released at approximately the same time but Hamilton got away from his pit box more slowly. In the press conference after the race he said he had wheel spin on the damp surface in the pits.
What happened next was also potentially controversial. With Hamilton now alongside Vettel the Red Bull driver edged right, squeezing the McLaren dangerously close to the air lines of other teams’ pit boxes. Hamilton took a hand off the wheel and gestured at Vettel, saying afterwards:
He was pushing me a little bit to the right. We touched wheels.
If McLaren get a penalty for the pit lane incident it would likely take the form of a 25-second penalty which would drop him to fifth behind Robert Kubica. Or he may get a grid penalty for the next race at Catalunya.
Do you think McLaren should get a penalty? Should Vettel’s move be investigated as well? Have your say in the comments.
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