Before qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix became the focus of the F1 world, everyone looked with anticipation to the FIA’s ruling. Mercedes had requested a right to review of the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil, but it was rejected by the FIA on Friday. Hamilton doesn’t get it very well.
During the press conference after qualifying, the Briton indicated that he himself no longer knew where the FIA is drawing the line. It causes confusion and ambiguity for him. “It is still not clear to me what is and is not allowed. I still do not know what the limit is when overtaking, it is now clear that it is no longer about the white line.”
Hamilton lacks consistency at FIA
What bothers Hamilton most is the lack of communication and consistency from the FIA. This causes him, but also other drivers, doubt and uncertainty about what is and is not allowed on the track. “I think there should be consistency. The rules should be the same for everyone until the last race. Will I race more aggressively? Yes, I think so.”
Hamilton starts from P1 in Qatar
Despite all the distractions, Hamilton managed to conquer pole position for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday with force majeure. He turned out to be almost half a second faster than Verstappen and teammate Valtteri Bottas. With the possible penalty for Verstappen, Hamilton can catch up with the Dutchman in the battle for the championship this weekend. The difference is now 14 points.