Lewis Hamilton’s bid for a record-equalling 91st career Formula One win took an enormous hit on the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after stewards imposed two five-second penalties for follow begin infringements. Stewards had notified the Mercedes driver, who was on pole at Sochi, earlier than the beginning that he was below investigation.
“What happened? What happened?,” exclaimed the Briton when instructed of the choice. “Where is that in the rule book?”
Hamilton pitted after 17 laps and dropped from the result in 11th place.
“This is just ridiculous,” he stated over the crew radio.
Hamilton’s crew mate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas, 55 factors behind within the standings after 9 races, was directing.
Hamilton is one victory away from matching the all-time win record of Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher.