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Lewis Hamilton

FIA statement wording over Hamilton inquest 'unnecessary' and 'clumsy'

The Mercedes driver walked across the circuit at the Qatar Grand Prix, with the FIA to "revisit" the matter.

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F1 pundit and sportscar driver Alex Brundle has labelled the wording used by the FIA when revealing an incident involving Lewis Hamilton would be "revisited" was "unnecessary" and "clumsy".

Hamilton failed to make it past the first corner at the Qatar Grand Prix after crashing with Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Whilst Russell continued and eventually recovered to fourth, Hamilton took full responsibility for the collision, though no further action was deemed necessary by the race stewards after an investigation.

The seven-time champion was fined and reprimanded for walking across the live race circuit as he attempted to return to the pits in the aftermath, an act deemed unsafe by the sport's governing body.

Brundle takes issue

Despite having initially been dealt with, the FIA released a statement a week on from the incident confirming it would review what had happened, given Hamilton's "role model status".

It is this that Brundle has taken issue with and in a post on X [formerly Twitter], he wrote: "[The] aim of the review is not giving a greater sanction to Hamilton but understanding if sanctions relating to similar actions should be greater - Ok I get it…

"But ‘Due to his role model status’ - Is unnecessary/clumsy wording."

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