Wolff: Hamilton’s five-second penalty ‘not justified’
Toto Wolff has said he disagrees with the stewards’ decision to slap Lewis Hamilton with a five-second penalty at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was given the penalty – his second of the day after he suffered a late three-place grid drop due to the FIA reversing their decision to take no further action against the Brit because of another Red Bull protest – after he was deemed to have caused a collision with Alex Albon in the closing stages.
The incident robbed Albon of another opportunity to clinch his first F1 career podium and the penalty for Hamilton saw Lando Norris swoop in for the final podium spot, leaving the Silver Arrows driver down in P4.
Both Hamilton and Wolff have accepted the initial grid drop but both have issues with the in-race penalty.
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“The stewards are always in a difficult position to take the right decisions,” Wolff said after a crazy race in Austria, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I think today was a bad day for Lewis and a bad day for the team.
“Obviously the three grid position penalty that he got in the morning, with Red Bull digging out a different camera angle, you have to take it on the chin, and it is what it is.
“Then in the race, I would definitely say, from my perspective, the five seconds were too harsh. We looked at the video now a couple of times.
“Lewis was having full lock in the corner. Albon had about 40% of the road left to make the corner and it was different to lap one, where Lewis had to back out of Albon pushing Lewis.
“So in my opinion, not justified. But I recognise the complexity of the job, of coming up with the right decisions. Some go for you, some go against you.”
Hamilton told Sky F1: “I obviously had great pace to catch up with Valtteri and then there was a really unfortunate incident with Alex.
“I can’t believe we have come together again but it really felt like a racing incident. But, I’ll take whatever penalty they feel like I deserve and move forward.”
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