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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton avoids penalty over yellow flag incident in FP3

Lewis Hamilton has avoided a grid penalty after being investigated for allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags in final practice in Saudi Arabia.

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Lewis Hamilton has avoided a grid penalty over an alleged breach of yellow flag regulations in final practice in Saudi Arabia.

Hamilton allegedly failed to respect double waved yellow flags with 38 minutes remaining in Saturday evening's session at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, but has since been cleared after the stewards recognised a marshalling system error.

However, a verdict over a second, separate alleged transgression for impeding Nikita Mazepin has not yet been communicated.

"The stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), the team representative and have reviewed video and the marshalling system," read the stewards' verdict on the first of the two incidents.

"The Race Director (Michael Masi) reported to the stewards that the double yellow flag warning on the FIA Marshalling System was activated at Light Panel Number 6 accidentally, for less than one second.

"As the onboard video of Car 44 (to be released by the Commercial Rights Holder following this decision) clearly shows, there was no yellow flag displayed, no yellow lights were displayed to that driver and the yellow warning light was not visible on the driver's steering wheel.

"Unlike other incidents this year, there was no yellow flag or yellow light displayed to the driver (the driver already being well into the marshalling sector when the system was briefly activated) hence no breach of the regulations has occurred."

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