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FIA to re-examine Sebastian Vettel-Lewis Hamilton collision during Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Race stewards imposed a 10 second stop-go penalty on Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s championship leader, after he hit the back of race leader Lewis Hamilton’s car and then angrily banged wheels while they were waiting for the safety car to return to the pits.

other sports Updated: Jun 28, 2017 23:44 IST
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crosses the finish line ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on June 25.(AFP)

Formula One’s governing body is to re-examine Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix collision between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton and could take further action, the FIA said on Wednesday.

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Race stewards imposed a 10 second stop-go penalty on Vettel, Ferrari’s championship leader, after he hit the back of race leader Hamilton’s car and then angrily banged wheels while they were waiting for the safety car to return to the pits.

Some commentators felt the German had got off lightly for what they saw as a case of ‘road rage’, with Vettel ultimately finishing ahead of Hamilton and extending his overall lead to 14 points.

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Vettel accused Hamilton of ‘brake testing’ him by suddenly slowing but the FIA said on Sunday that the data showed the Briton had “maintained a consistent speed and behaved in the same manner on that occasion as in all the other re-starts during the race”.

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 22:50 IST