FIA analysis proves Hamilton did not brake-test Vettel

Telemetry data pulled from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes W08 by the FIA stewards conclusively prove that the Brit did not brake-test Sebastian Vettel or lift off unexpectedly .

Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the Azerbaijan GP and given three penalty points on his licence for ‘dangerous driving’ after venting his anger by ramming Hamilton.

Vettel later refuted claims of ‘dangerous driving’ , insisting that it was the Mercedes driver who had acted inappropriately.

“Well we know the leader dictates the pace but we were exiting the corner,” said Vettel.

“He was accelerating then he braked so much that I was braking as soon as I saw, but I couldn’t stop in time and ran into the back of him. I just think that wasn’t necessary.”

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But evidence provided by the stewards contradicts the German’s conviction.

“The Stewards examined video evidence which showed that car 5 drove alongside and then steered into car 44. The Stewards decide this manoeuvre was deemed potentially dangerous.”

Telemetry data collected from Hamilton’s car further corroborated the evidence, proving that the driver had behaved in exactly the same way in the first Safety Car restart.

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