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Stewards deliver verdict on Hamilton incident

Lewis Hamilton has escaped a penalty after being alleged to have blocked Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll during Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has escaped punishment from the F1 stewards after he was alleged to have impeded Lance Stroll during Friday practice in Melbourne. The Mercedes driver struggled to extract performance from his car on the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, ending Free Practice 2 down in 13th. His day then went from bad to worse when he was summoned to the stewards after appearing to get in the way of a lapping Aston Martin Car. But the seven-time World Champion has escaped punishment, with the stewards deciding that no further action was necessary.

Stroll also escapes unpunished while Tsunoda lands reprimand

The race stewards heard from both Hamilton and Stroll at Albert Park and viewed video evidence of the incident at Turn 13. It was then decided that, due to the presence of multiple cars converging on the final corners, Hamilton did not "unnecessarily impede" Stroll. Stroll himself was also investigated for the alleged impeding of Carlos Sainz at the same corner but has, like Hamilton, escaped unpunished. AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda has been handed his second reprimand of the season, however, for moving slowly on the racing line as faster cars approached.

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