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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton confident over avoiding Mexican GP penalty

Lewis Hamilton ended qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix in sixth place but the seven-time World Champion is in danger of being demoted further back on the grid as he faces a stewards' investigation.

Hamilton Mexico
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Lewis Hamilton has voiced confidence that he will avoid a penalty for the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Hamilton was summoned to the stewards after qualifying for allegedly failing to slow for a yellow flag in Q1 after Fernando Alonso's spin in the closing stages.

This was an alleged breach of Appendix H, Article 2.5.5 b of the International Sporting Code, meaning his sixth place on the grid could be at threat - with the two-time Mexico winner being one of six drivers summoned.

However, Hamilton is sure he did not fall foul of the regulations, and is confident no penalty will be levied against him.

Hamilton anctipates tough race

“I went slower through Turn 2 and as I went into Turn 3, the light yellow light went off,” Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.

“But I was two-tenths down [on my best time], so I didn't go faster in the sector so it shouldn’t be a problem."

Hamilton is expecting a tough race on Sunday as he revealed Mercedes is struggling with cooling around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez.

"We've got a bit of a battle on our hands," he said. "Overheating is an issue for us.

"The brakes are overheating, these sorts of things, so staying in battles is going to be tough, managing tyres, it's going be tough.

"If we can progress forward on strategy, then we'll try to do that.

"The car has not been great this weekend. Story of my life at the moment this year, it’s no different to any of the other races."

F1 2023 Mexican Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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