Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in a dramatic German Grand Prix today, as he avenged his loss in the home race at Britain as he took full advantage of a rare mistake by home-hero, Sebastian Vettel.
However, there could yet be hope for Vettel to regain some of his lost points as Lewis Hamilton was summoned by the FIA stewards post the race for an incident during a chaotic period of rain during the race.
The FIA have alleged that the Mercedes driver violated a sporting code when he initially entered the pit-lane but went over the grass to get back on the racing track as he realized he was not called in.
The code states, “Except in case of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards), the crossing, in any direction, of the line separating the pit entry and the track by a car entering the pit-lane is prohibited.”
As some corners experienced rain and others didn’t, the teams and drivers alike were confused about what tyres to put on as some of them made multiple stops within a few laps.
Just before the rain started, Lewis Hamilton had stopped to put on ultra-soft tyres but wished that he had waited just a few more laps. The Mercedes team almost had one more of their embarrassing mistakes this season.
They wanted to bring in Valtteri Bottas but sent out a message to Hamilton instead, which resulted in the Briton’s race engineer frantically telling him to stay out and not come in.
This is where he breached the code which lead to his summoning by the stewards. Fortunately for him, he didn’t lose track position but that could change yet as the stewards deliberate over a possible penalty for him.
Meanwhile, Vettel’s disappointment after crashing was evident as he banged his hands on his car and kicked the gravel as he realized the magnitude of his mistake. However, he emerged soon after returning to the garage and apologized to his team profusely.