Hamilton approach to FIA over Hungary pole 'regrettable': Lowe

Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:50pm EDT
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HOCKENHEIM (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's move to seek clarification about team mate Nico Rosberg's controversial pole lap in Hungary from the F1 governing body's Charlie Whiting was misjudged and regrettable, his Mercedes team said on Friday.

“It’s my understanding that Lewis did go and see Charlie,” said the team's technical chief Paddy Lowe Lowe, referring to the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Formula One race director Whiting.

“But it wasn't in any way to seek a review of Nico's lap - it was for his own understanding of what should be done in the future, how that should work for him in the future.

“I think that was regrettable,” added Lowe who said Hamilton should have got any information he needed from his team.

Rosberg took pole position for the last race in Hungary, going faster on the lap on which he set his benchmark time despite encountering double waved yellow flags deployed to warn drivers about Fernando Alonso’s McLaren which had spun.

Rosberg was investigated after the session but stewards deemed he had slowed down sufficiently and allowed him to keep pole.

Hamilton, who was on provisional pole at the time and abandoned his final attempt at seizing the top spot, contacted Whiting after the session.

But the Briton said it was merely to seek clarification on how much a driver had to slow for double waved yellow flags and not to prod stewards into taking action against Rosberg.

The rules say a driver must slow down significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop.   Continued...

Germany Formula One - F1 - German Grand Prix 2016 - Hockenheimring, Germany - 29/7/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton attends the practice. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski