Lewis Hamilton has avoided a grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was under investigation and in danger of losing his second place on the grid after failing to slow for a yellow flag.
But Hamilton will start the first race of the second second behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas on pole.
The F1 season finally gets underway this weekend following the suspension due to coronavirus.
And Hamilton is in search of a record-equaling seventh title and starting the season with a grid penalty would have been an early blow.
Mercedes though are set to keep their 1-2 for the first race of the season at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
Hamilton was under investigation after failing to slow for the yellow flags and for exceeding track limits in an earlier Q3 lap.
But the stewards have now confirmed that no action was to be taken for the flag incident, but his Q3 lap time was deleted from the records.
However with his the Q3 time was slower than his best time, meaning he will start in second place.
“The driver mentioned that he passed a green light panel in Turn 5,” the stewards’ report reads.
“The video footage confirmed that there have been yellow flags and green light panels at the same time and therefore conflicting signals were shown to the driver.
“Taking this into account, the Stewards decide to take no further action.”
Speaking after qualifying Hamilton said he didn’t see the flags.
“I came round the corner, I got on the power and I thought that Valtteri perhaps had just gone wide and come back on the track further up the road,” Hamilton said.
“I was looking out for the gravel on the track and for a car on the track, but there was nothing there so I continued.
“Then I saw as I was going into, I think it was to Turn 6 that Valtteri was much further to the left.
“It happened pretty quick and pretty big puff dust.”
Hamilton also posted a message on Twitter after qualifying to highlight the job done by his Mercedes team, and the new look of his helmet to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
He wrote: “Great job by the team today and this man here. Look at the back of his helmet, this is a sign showing all hands together no matter your colour which I really respect. Let’s hope for a great race tomorrow.”
Published at Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:57:00 +0000