Lewis Hamilton has defended his driving in the Malaysian Grand Prix after he was penalised for weaving.
Hamilton fell from seventh to eighth in the final classification after being handed a 20-second time penalty. The stewards said he had “made more than one change of direction to defend a position.”
Speaking in today’s press conference in Shanghai he said: “Well, the previous year, obviously I had some big weaves on the straight which everyone disagreed with, which was fine.
“They said that they would be stricter on that this year. Looking back at it, I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót weave even half as much as I did in the previous time, and I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót put anyone in danger ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but the rules state that you can only move once, to the better position.
“I think the confusing part was really whether I was defending a place or trying to lose the tow. But at the end of the day I got 20s.
“It was one place so I feel fortunate that it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót any more than that and I will just try to avoid doing that in the future, so no one can complain.”
He added the penalty made little difference as he finished so far down the order: “It didn?óÔé¼Ôäót really make much difference. I was seventh; so seventh or eighth, it?óÔé¼Ôäós pretty crap either way. That?óÔé¼Ôäós racing. I think it was fair.”
Fernando Alonso, who received a penalty after his collision with Hamilton later in the race, said: “I think the stewards always work with safety in mind, in F1 and on the road and I think we are reaching a level of consistency in their decisions.
“This is a line they will follow all season so we need to keep it in mind.”
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