Hamilton gets reprimand but keeps pole

Lewis Hamilton's Montreal pole position will stand

Lewis Hamilton's Montreal pole position will stand

Lewis Hamilton will keep his pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix despite stopping his car on his way back to the pits to avoid running too low on fuel.

The FIA have issued a $10,000 fine for exceeding the maximum time allowed to return to the pits and given Hamilton an official reprimand.

The stewards’ statement read:

The team instructed the driver to stop on the circuit causing him to exceed the maximum time as defined in Document 15 – Race Directors’ Not to Teams of 11 June 2010, 19:06

Offence: Breach of article 15.1 of the 2010 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Penalty: Reprimand and a fine of $10,000

Article 15.1 of the Sporting Regulations simply says:

The stewards or race director may give instructions to competitors by means of special circulars in accordance with the Code. These circulars will be distributed to all competitors who must acknowledge receipt.

The radio message McLaren gave Hamilton told him to stop in order to avoid having too little fuel in order to give a sample after qualifying. This is required under article 6.6.2 of the Technical Regulations:

Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the Event.

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182 comments on Hamilton gets reprimand but keeps pole

  1. sucj said on 13th June 2010, 6:52

    Actually I would like to know the fuel consumption on the returning lap and a normal flying lap in qualification.

  2. From a purely personal perspective, Hamilton standing in his cockpit, and then pushing his car by himself was great theatre. Reminded me of Button last year at Monaco running to the podium, and Mansell giving Senna a lift back on the side-pod of his car many years ago…

    I am surprised Hamilton didn’t get a reprimand for safety for that. But glad he didn’t. Simply no point. Moments like that bring back a little bit of humanity to F1 that seems lacking these days on occasion.

  3. Toncho said on 13th June 2010, 8:35

    How many reprimends you may have before having a penalty??

    • Jarred Walmsley said on 13th June 2010, 9:29

      1 per offence, this is why Hamilton has not yet been penalised as his multiple reprimands are all for different offences, which makes perfect sense as there are many different rules and it would be unfair to be penalised for breaking two completely different rules.


      I think that once you reach a certain number of reprimands (5 or so) then you should be given a grid place drop because obviously if you have accumulated that many reprimands then you are flying by the seat of your pants and you deserve to be penalised.

      • I was thinking something similar, Jarred. Even if you don’t break a specific rule twice, to be handed a large number of reprimands suggests a pretty lax attitude to the rules in general, which should probably be dealt with in some way.

  4. Petron@s said on 13th June 2010, 9:34

    pathetic,,, it’s not right :(

  5. Dr_Jones said on 13th June 2010, 9:52

    It’s a nice thing Hamilton showed a little comedy relief by pushing his car to the pits despite the bad things that came up about him lately in the news. Displayed the other “lighter” side of Lewis. :)

  6. GP4 Carl said on 13th June 2010, 10:18

    I am coming to the conclusion that the worst thing for F1, is the fans. What a buch of whining……

    “Whaaaaa, he is too good and too clever. Fine him, punish him…..cuz we sure as hell can’t beat him…….”

    It was a stellar drive by a stellare driver…his team screwed up, but on here it is “Punish Hamilton”…..

    Utterly pathetic…….

    • Sri said on 13th June 2010, 10:52

      Well, the team can be and should have been penalized, but if a driver gets an unfair advantage, it needs to be taken away. What stewards could/ should have had done was to take the lap away (yes, flame me) and re-instated his second best lap-time as his best for the session. Now it would have possibly led to some controversy, but imagine that Lewis didn’t stop on track to save fuel and finished as P2. Now, was that so horrible? I agree that Lewis did do a better lap time, but then he also parked a perfectly healthy car on track :P FIA could and possibly should tear into McLaren once again, as they let their driver to be in such a situation. Now that’s just plain stupid on Macca’s part. Then you have the journo’s blaming the FIA (who actually act questionably from time to time) for kicking McLaren on their rear end. I mean, if you bend over and have a “kick me” sign on your back :D This time, McLaren in my books earned another free kick, not one they deliver, but one they should have been given on their derriere.

      • Ade said on 13th June 2010, 11:15

        Now I see, F1 fans really tend to exaggerate things! Geez… how much of an advantage did Hamilton get by not have the amount the of fuel for running down the straight? Also this is not proven at all yet, he could have enough fuel to get back and give sample.

        By taking the best lap away from Hamilton, the other drivers will get a much bigger advantage: they probably did their best lap with about one lap less(minus the staight) fuel than Hamilton.

        The bottom line is there is no regulation which stated you should get back to pits all by yourself/in time, and hamilton did nothing wrong!

        • martin bell said on 13th June 2010, 11:48

          Strange then that the team have been fined for not being back to the pits on time, if, as you say, there is no regulation for this instance. Perhaps some F1 fans, maybe even the ones prone to exaggeration, arm themselves with the facts before making judgments. That way, they know, certainly by 11.15am when you posted this, that there was enough fuel for a sample.

          • Ade said on 13th June 2010, 13:27

            Other teams get fined, Hamilton/McLaren get fined so what is your problem with it?

            You probably didn’t get what I meant, you guys assume Hamilton get an unfair advantage by running less fuel than the others, hence he should be penalized. However the fact is he had at least enough fuel left for a sample, like any other drivers, he did not run out of fuel, but whether there’s indeed not enough fuel to power him down the last straight you guys never know!

          • martin bell said on 13th June 2010, 14:43

            I don’t have a problem with it, I was just commenting on your statement that there isn’t a regulation (or in this case, memo) concerning getting back to the pits in time. There is. I was also commenting on your statement about it not being proven whether he had enough fuel to provide a sample. There was. Last night. I have never said that I think that an unfair advantage was gained, only that I don’t like a precedent being set of it being ok to push your car back to the pits. I was just wondering out loud where that precedent will take us.

    • dragon said on 13th June 2010, 11:58

      Don’t be ignorant. The driver and team work in combination. Most of us (there ARE a few Hamilton haters who want nothing more than to punish the man) feel that McLaren had a rather unfair advantage, and to penalise McLaren properly means to penalise Hamilton. This is nothing to do with Lewis as a character or a driver. Grow up.

      • martin bell said on 13th June 2010, 13:03

        Not sure why (or if) you’re calling me ignorant, and I personally don’t think that any unfair advantage was gained. I’m just not comfortable with the precedent it sets, knowing how far teams will push to gain any competitive advantage. I haven’t called for any punishment, nor do I think that LH should have lost his pole lap, which was stunning. I’m not Lewis’s biggest fan, but I do keep an open mind on all matters F1. I also feel that I am ‘grown up’ enough to hold these opinions.

  7. S Hughes said on 13th June 2010, 12:43

    Have a look at the video – this is pure F1 legend stuff:


  8. Josef said on 13th June 2010, 13:36

    Pathetic to fine and reprimand someone over this, why is there a certain time to return the car to the pits anyway after qualy? Same about the people pushing the drivers to hurry up after the race in parc ferme to get onto the podium so the ceremony can get underway in time.

    They should relax these rules a bit so we can see someone actually celebrating. Let someone show some emotion when they win…

    Look at MotoGP, what’s wrong with Rossi riding around in a chicken suit or Lorenzo jumping in a lake whilst celebrating victory?

    Some rules in F1 are way too tight and spoil the human side of the sport, I say let’s be a little less sanitized and a bit more human like it used to be a few decades ago :)

  9. Davetherave said on 13th June 2010, 13:48

    IDR……….i agree, how many reprimands = 1 offence.
    And how much longer are we going to see these stupid reprimands which appear to be collected by certain top drivers who seem to keep “bending” the rules for their own personal advantage, whereas the rest just do the right thing!
    I am getting bloody fed up with it.

    • David A said on 13th June 2010, 14:47

      The ability to look for every advantage is what seperates the Hamiltons, Alonsos, Sennas and Schumachers of this world from the rest. Rules are there to be bent until they are broken.

  10. Davetherave said on 13th June 2010, 14:05

    Lets have a new rule…….Unless seriously damaged, all cars must be driven back to park ferme for the weigh in etc.
    Surely this would end all this squabble !

  11. ellen simpson said on 13th June 2010, 17:33

    yes he should have got a grid penalty as he has cheated the other drivers at a chance at poll you look back through the other races and see how many drivers got a grid penalty for the same thing and then again in the pit lane gets away with it in there cutting of other drivers of and yet he got away with it if that was any other driver they would not get the same treatment as him.i think they need to rethink on this kinda stuff and stop having one rule for one driver and different rules for the rest of the drivers.so yes he got away with everything.

  12. Its not as dramatic as you all put it to be. Lewis wanted to conserve fuel so he started pushing. The track was pretty much empty, Fans wanted some action. That all!


  13. PJA said on 14th June 2010, 9:29

    With the lack of on track celebrations in Formula One I thought Hamilton stopping on track and sitting out of the cockpit while the car coasted down the straight and then pushing the car was great.

    A bit like when Button had to run to the podium at Monaco last year after parking in the wrong place.

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