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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: I knew Verstappen wouldn't get a penalty

Lewis Hamilton didn't let the stewards' decision not to investigate Max Verstappen's defensive driving faze him en route to victory in Brazil.

Hamilton Verstappen Brazil
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Lewis Hamilton says he knew the stewards weren't going to penalise Max Verstappen over their Turn 4 incident in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

With Mercedes driver Hamilton closing in on his Red Bull rival, he finally made a lunge around the outside of Turn 4 for the lead of the race on Lap 48 of 71. However, Verstappen's strong defence forced Hamilton wide, with both cars taking to the run-off.

Although the stewards noted the incident, they later deemed it wasn't worthy of an investigation, which didn't come as a surprise to Hamilton.

"When they said they were going to investigate, I just knew the decision they were going to come to, whether it was right or wrong," said Hamilton to Sky Sports.

"I didn't let it faze me, I just kept racing."

"I got the result I needed"

When asked if he thought the decision taken by the stewards was the wrong one, Hamilton said he needed to go back and look at the incident again.

Hamilton added: "I'm not gonna go into that. I need to look back at it, but I mean, it's a racing incident at the end of the day, probably.

"It doesn't really matter, as I got the result I needed."

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