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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton reacts as stewards investigate qualifying incident

Lewis Hamilton has downplayed having any concerns after it was confirmed that he was under investigation by the stewards following qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton has given his reaction as the stewards investigate him for an incident in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

It was confirmed during Q2 that Hamilton would be investigated after the session for allegedly driving unnecessarily slowly.

The Briton had been looking for a slipstream, with the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo behind him, but the duo did not want to pass him. It was confirmed that both Hamilton and Norris would have to report to the stewards following the session.

When asked if he had any concerns about this later on, Hamilton gave his take on what happened.

Hamilton gives his view on qualifying incident

"I don't really have a concern," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

"Firstly, I was offline, and you have to be within a delta time. I was within my delta time, so I wasn't below that out-lap pace.

"So, within that delta time, I should be able to drive the speed I want, and I was offline, so I wasn't holding anyone up, but I was trying to get a tow, because we're so slow in a straight line.

"And the guys behind didn't want to go by, so then I just went off and did my lap."

Hamilton – who qualified in P7 – is not the only driver set to face the stewards. Haas duo Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher also found themselves under investigation for a pit exit incident.

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