Hamilton has a dig at Ferrari over Chandhok video

Date published: June 23 2019 - Michelle Foster

Lewis Hamilton has warned Liberty Media against dropping the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton says when he learned that Ferrari’s new evidence for their Canadian penalty was Karun Chandhok’s Sky F1 video, he was “pretty relaxed” about it all.

Sebastian Vettel was handed a five-second time penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix for an unsafe return onto the track having made a mistake while trying to keep Hamilton behind him.

The penalty cost the Ferrari driver the victory and prompted a review from the Scuderia.

However, in order for a review to take place Ferrari had to present new evidence to the stewards.

One piece of that evidence was Chandhok’s video of the incident that he did for Sky Sports.

The stewards rejected the review.

“It was definitely odd coming here when I heard that Ferrari was spending time focusing on something past,” Hamilton told RaceFans.net at Paul Ricard on Saturday.

“Naturally for me with my team I would be having them focus mostly on trying to improve the car.

“But then when I arrived in the morning (on Friday) I heard that it was Karun Chandhok’s video that was the new evidence and I was pretty relaxed after that and just put it behind me.”

The Mercedes driver added that rather than waste time on a review, Ferrari should have been concentrating on improving their car ahead of this weekend’s French GP.

“If it was me, I would want my team concentrating on the race,” he told AFP.

“Ferrari were spending a lot of time focusing on something else. Me, and my team, were focused on trying to improve the car.”

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