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FIA summon Mercedes over Hamilton-Russell qualifying incident

Hamilton allegedly rejoined the track in an unsafe manner.

Hamilton Belgium wet
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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been summoned to the FIA stewards over an incident in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.

The duo were following each other as the Spa-Francorchamps circuit dried at the start of Q2, with Hamilton running off-track at Eau Rouge and Raidillon, rejoining on track ahead of Russell.

That incident is under investigation for the seven-time champion allegedly rejoining the circuit in an unsafe manner.

If found guilty, Hamilton's fourth-place finish in qualifying would likely be taken away by a grid penalty.

The position will become third by virtue of Max Verstappen's gearbox change, with the Dutchman dropping from pole to sixth.

Albon, Magnussen also summoned

Alex Albon will face an investigation for the same infringement having run wide at Rivage in Q1.

The off-track excursion cost the Williams driver any chance of reaching the second part of qualifying, eventually finishing just 16th.

Kevin Magnussen will almost certainly take a hit for blocking Charles Leclerc - the Haas driver slowing the Monégasque's progress in Q2.

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