Hamilton handed dramatic late grid penalty

Hamilton to now start fifth, with Verstappen promoted to front row; Watch F1’s season-opening Austrian GP from 2.10pm on Sky F1

Last Updated: 05/07/20 1:44pm








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Lewis Hamilton has been handed a three-place grid penalty in Austria, as Red Bull are setting up on the front row of the grid!

Lewis Hamilton has been handed a three-place grid penalty in Austria, as Red Bull are setting up on the front row of the grid!

Lewis Hamilton has been given a late three-place grid penalty for the Austrian GP after stewards overturned their decision on Saturday night about yellow flags in the wake of a protest from Red Bull.

Hamilton now starts fifth, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen promoted to the front row alongside Valtteri Bottas.

“Following a petition to review decision 33 taken after Qualifying, the Stewards acknowledged that the on-board footage of car 44 represents a significant new element (see decision 41) that had not been available to the Stewards in the hearing on Saturday and therefore reviewed the case,” read a statement.

“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and the team representative and have reviewed the new video evidence and telemetry evidence.

“The new video footage clearly shows that a yellow light panel was flashing on the left side of the track in turn 5.

“A green light panel was flashing at the end of marshalling sector 9. Taking into account these facts, the Stewards determine that decision 33 will be reversed and the above mentioned penalty is being imposed.”

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