Lewis Hamilton faces an investigation ahead of qualifying today over whether he failed to slow sufficiently in response to a red flag during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lando Norris alerted his team on the radio to Hamilton’s actions after the red flag was displayed. “Hamilton overtook, the Haas as well, under the red flag,”
The session was red-flagged as Hamilton began a ‘push’ lap on a set of soft tyres. He came across Norris, who was on a cool-down lap, as he rounded turn four and passed Magnussen as he approached turn five.
Around the same time Hamilton was told “red flag, red flag, no overtaking” by his race engineer Peter Bonnington. “So get yourself back behind Magnussen,” he added.
Hamilton was also reminded to “keep delta positive” – by adhering to the minimum lap time drivers must follow to ensure they do not drive too quickly during red flag periods. “So just stay on that delta,” Bonnington added.
The stewards have summoned Hamilton to meet them at 4pm local time. They are investigating whether he breached article 126.96.36.199 (b) of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code. This states that when a red flag is shown “during practice, all cars shall immediately reduce speed and proceed slowly back to their respective pits.”
The session was red-flagged in order to allow marshals to retrieve a piece of debris at turn nine. The front-right wheel shroud came off Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri.
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Rule: International Sporting Code Appendix H Article 188.8.131.52 (b)
b) Red flag
This flag should be waved at the start line when it has been decided to stop a practice session or the race. Simultaneously, each marshal post around the circuit should also wave a red flag.
When the signal to stop is given:
1) during practice, all cars shall immediately reduce speed and proceed slowly back to their respective pits;
2) during a race, all cars shall immediately reduce speed and proceed slowly to the red flag line ((*) see the note at the end of point b));
3) overtaking is forbidden and drivers should remember that race and service vehicles may be on the track, the circuit may be totally blocked because of an accident and weather conditions may have made the circuit undriveable at racing speed;
4) if the race is stopped, drivers should remember that speeding is pointless because:
– the classification of the race or the order of the re-starting grid will be established from a point prior…