FIA will review the punishment handed down to Lewis Hamilton at the Qatar Grand Prix

Formula 1 governing body, FIA, is reviewing the penalty handed to Lewis Hamilton at the Qatar Grand Prix.

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Hamilton was fined 50,000 euros and received a formal reprimand on October 8. All this because he abandoned the race in Qatar after colliding with his teammate George Russell. Hamilton abandoned the race on the spot and ended up in the gravel pit, while Russell managed to continue without serious damage. 

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Hamilton got out of the car and crossed the track while trying to return to the pits, in violation of the regulations. The stewards reported that “He thereby crossed the track that was live at this time and reached the inside edge of the track just seconds before car 63 (Russell) arrived at high speed after exiting the pits”. He received his first reprimand of the season, so of the 50,000 euros, 25,000 was suspended for the rest of the season, as long as there are no other similar infringements. 

On Sunday (15), an FIA spokesman revealed that they are reviewing the matter, saying that it could be more serious than initially thought. “In view of his role-model status, the FIA is concerned about the impression his actions may have created on younger drivers”. The rule established for this case is that drivers are allowed to cross the track, they must only do so “having first received permission to do so from a marshal”.

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