In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton believes the Russian Grand Prix stewards rescinded his two penalty points because they acted hastily by handing them out to begin with.
What they say
Hamilton was originally given two superlicense penalty points for his practice starts which the stewards ruled he performed in an unsafe place. These were rescinded after Hamilton and Mercedes team members met with the stewards after the grand prix. RaceFans asked what he said to them and why they changed their minds:
Naturally, everything that happens in that room is supposed to be private, so I can’t tell you what was said. I’m sure you can ask them why they changed their minds.
But I can imagine they they had so much going on at the beginning of the race with the start, with the incidents at the beginning, they cast the decision pretty quick with, I think not 100 percent clarity. So after re-looking at it, they realised that was not entirely correct. So they changed it.
More motor racing links of interest:
Nanoli Speedway racetrack to be built near Pune: all you need to know (Autocar India)
“The Nanoli Speedway has been designed by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok and Driven International, the same firm that’s working on the Kari Motor Speedway’s upgrades. After going through multiple iterations, the track layout has now been finalised, with organisers saying it is ‘optimised for vehicle testing.'”
FIA Girls On Track – Rising Stars ready to shine at the Circuit Paul Ricard (12-16 October) (FIA WIM)
“Following a worldwide detection among the FIA’s 145 national sporting authorities who nominated their most promising young talent, 20 drivers from five continents will take part in this first two-day shoot-out (12-13 October). Hosted by the Winfield Racing School, the iconic and historic racing school based at the Circuit Paul Ricard, the participants will be assessed on track in identical Praga karts as well as off track in workshops covering psychology, physical and media training.”
F1 on the Nordschleife is the dream (AMuS – German)
Nurburgring CEO Mirco Markfort says the high-speed Nurburgring Nordschleife laps performed by the Porsche 919 Tribute and Volkswagen ID.R. show the track can cope with F1-level performance.”
Indy Lights return confirmed for 2021; Indy 500 entry included in champion’s prizes (IMS)
“Following a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series is set to re-emerge in 2021 in its rightful place as the stepping-stone to the pinnacle of American open-wheel racing. The rejuvenated Indy Lights series will benefit from additional initiatives being formulated in conjunction with IndyCar, its sanctioning body, to ensure continued growth as the top level of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development system.”
Paul-Loup Chatain won’t attend the Four Hours of Monza (ELMS)
“Ahead of the Four Hours of Monza, Paul Loup Chatin, driver of the number 28 Idec Sport Oreca 07, has tested positive for Covid-19 at his home in France and then won’t take part to the race. The name of the driver replacing him will be announced soon.”
‘The stupidest thing I’ve ever done’ – The story behind Toto Wolff’s lap record and huge crash at the Nurburgring (ESPN)
“Wolff has no memory of what happened next but when the sole-surviving onboard camera flickered back into life, it recorded him turning off the engine, unclipping his belts, removing the steering wheel and clambering out of the car. He briefly stood by the Porsche’s open door and removed his gloves before hauling himself over a nearby crash barrier and collapsing unconscious.”
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