Saturday 18 January 2020

Hamilton in probe after leaving track

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is under investigation by the stewards for appearing to block Max Verstappen in second practice for the French Grand Prix.

Less than a fortnight after Sebastian Vettel was stripped of his win in Canada for rejoining the circuit in an unsafe manner, Hamilton's incident with Verstappen will now be probed.

Hamilton ran off the Circuit Paul Ricard at the fourth bend after losing control of his Mercedes as he entered the corner.

He then came back on to the circuit with Verstappen running off the road to avoid Hamilton's recovering Mercedes. The world champion held his left hand up to apologise to Verstappen.

Hamilton will now wait to see if the stewards take any action.

After topping the time charts in the opening running, Hamilton trailed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas later in the day.

Bottas finished nearly half a second clear of the world champion, with the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Vettel third and fourth respectively.

The Ferrari pair were six and seven tenths down on Bottas with Mercedes again appearing to hold the advantage.

Back on track, British teenager Lando Norris finished an impressive fifth as his encouraging start to life in Formula One continued.

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