Hamilton hit with 10-second stop/go penalty

Date published: September 6 2020

Italian Grand Prix - Race - Monza

Lewis Hamilton was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty at the Italian Grand Prix for entering the pit lane when it was closed.

Hamilton started the race from pole and was building a solid gap in the opening stint as he pulled away from the McLaren of Carlos Sainz.

However, when Kevin Magnussen’s Haas came to a halt near the pit entry, the Safety Car was deployed.

At this point Hamilton came into the pits at the request of Mercedes, though the LED boards through the Parabolica were displaying an ‘x’ meaning the pit lane was closed.

Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi was the first driver to be handed a 10-second stop-go penalty for this offence, with Hamilton soon suffering the same fate.

The race was then red flagged after Charles Leclerc crashed heavily at the Parabolica, and during the interval Mercedes boss Toto Wolff looked far from pleased on the pit wall.

Hamilton also made the unusual decision to go to the Stewards’ room whilst the race was halted, presumably to question their decision.

“We’ll serve it within two laps,” Mercedes told Hamilton when he asked for the planned time to come into the pits and take the penalty.

He would come into the pits at the end of the first lap after the restart, coming out 23 seconds behind the rest of the pack.

“We might as well just risk it, you know?,” said Hamilton when he returned to the circuit.

Hamilton would work his way up to P7 come the chequered flag, also picking up a bonus point for fastest lap.

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