The controversial maneuver of Lewis Hamilton to overtake Max Verstappen at Grand Prix of Great Britain de F1 was "Absolutely in line with the overtaking guide", they insisted from the team Mercedes.
Verstappen, who had to abandon the race and be taken to hospital after the accident shortly after the start, accused the seven-time world champion of having been "Disrespectful and unsportsmanlike" at Silverstone.
"As far as we are concerned, the maneuver that took place, the maneuver that Lewis performed, was absolutely in accordance with the FIA overtaking regulations.", he claimed James allison, the technical director of the German team. However, Hamilton was sanctioned with 10 seconds for the incident.
The FIA overtaking rules state that “You need to really be on the side and be able to take the curve. By taking the curve it is understood that one can take the appropriate angle without leaving the circuit or losing control of the car "said the engineer.
“Lewis was clearly on the side. It had its front axle beyond the middle of Verstappen's car ”, said. "If you can take the curve and you are clearly on the side of the other car, then the curve is yours"he explained before criticizing the sanction.
"It's about knowing what the rules to follow in overtaking are, and I didn't see Lewis do anything wrong under those rules." Allison concluded.